Report: Jonatan Berggren rejected Red Wings contract offer

Are his days within the organization numbered?



Could the Detroit Red Wings soon be moving on from a highly touted draft selection that's already demonstrated that he has what it takes to play in the NHL?

According to a report from David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, Jonatan Berggren rejected a contract extension offer from the Red Wings, and could be dangled as trade bait. He writes: 

"As the Detroit Red Wings explore the market and look to add non-rental pieces to their roster, young forward Jonatan Berggren remains an asset they are dangling as bait. The 23-year-old is having an outstanding year in the AHL, with 38 points in 37 games to date, and performed well in a brief sting with the big club. But word is he recently rejected a contract extension pitched by the Red Wings and wants a shot at a full-time NHL gig, something he clearly isn’t getting right now in Detroit. Around five teams, including Calgary and Montreal, have expressed interest."

As a rookie with the Red Wings in 2022-23, Berggren scored 15 goals with 13 assists in 67 games played after being called up from the American Hockey League affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.

He's appeared in nine games this year with the Red Wings, scoring twice while adding three assists. In 37 games played with the Griffins, he's tallied 16 goals with 22 assists.

Right now, he's in the final season of a deal that pays him $925,000 per year, and is slated to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season. 

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