Sure, the Detroit Red Wings have been clear about going through the steps of a retooling process, hoping to build a stronger future for the seasons to come in Hockey Town. However, it does not mean that general manager Ken Holland will forego signing veteran players who will bring an interesting experience to the team's dressing room.
According to TSN Insider Darren Dreger, it appears that one veteran who will be sticking around is defenseman Mike Green. However, the NHL insider also notes that the Red Wings are likely to add Jonathan Bernier Sunday and potentially Thomas Vanek as well.
Green heard his name on several occasions throughout the season, especially as we got closer to the Trade deadline in February, however, a last-minute injury attacked his trade value and he remained with the team. It now seems that Green, who has spent the past three years with the Red Wings, will lead a younger blue line, he who finished the year with eight goals and 25 assists in 66 games last season. For his career, the 2004 first-rounder has 142 goals and 322 assists in 787 games.
Vanek is used to be on the move, and was shipped out of Detroit when played for the Red Wings in 2016-17 before he was moved to the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline that season. The 34-year-old split last season between the Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets, putting up 24 goals and 32 assists in a total of 80 games. For his career, Vanek has 357 goals and 396 assists in 965 games. Vanek could be returning to Detroit, potentially on a one-year contract, and eventually shipped out once again at the trade deadline, depending on the Wings' position in the standings and Vanek's value on the market.
As for Bernier, many people were surprised to see that the Colorado Avalanche did not retain his services, he who has an impressive year, inishing with a 19-13-3 record in 37 games and registering a 2.85 goals against average and .913 save percentage. However, when the Avalanche made a move to acquire Philipp Grubauer at the NHL Entry draft, it was Bernier's cue to look elsewhere and the Wings had been looking for a qualified backup to push Jimmy Howard further, as he did struggle last season.
All three signings underway, which should be finalized Sunday at the opening of the free agent market, seem to be great solutions for the Wings going forward.