Immediate Improvement

    The Red Wings have made a move that will provide immediate help to their defense. They made a deal sending Richard Panik and a 2021 second-round pick to the New York Islanders. In return, they will receive veteran defenseman, Nick Leddy. The move may surprise some, as the Red Wings have loaded up on draft picks as of late. Deciding to part ways with a second-round draft pick this coming year is a change in philosophy. The Wings will also pick up 50% of Panik’s contract. Panik had four goals and nine assists in 48 games last season with the Washington Capitals and the Detroit Red Wings.

    What The Islanders Are Getting In Richard Panik

    Panik has 88 goals and 106 assists in 517 regular-season games in nine seasons. Over that time, he has been a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, Washington Capitals, and Detroit Red Wings. The New York Islanders are hoping that the former 2009 second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning can shake off a tough 2020/2021 campaign.

    What The Red Wings Are Getting In Nick Leddy

    Nick Leddy had two goals and 29 assists for 31 points in 56 games this season for the New York Islanders. Leddy had a minus 3 rating and 6 assists in 19 playoff games as the Islanders fell just one win short of returning to the Stanley Cup Finals. The appearance was the first since 1984 in which they appeared in five consecutive finals appearances winning four and losing one. Leddy has one year left on his contract at $5.5 million. He has been a strong offensive-minded player on defense in his career. He is a good skater and a strong passer. Leddy should be a nice addition to a core of young players. Given the Red Wings’ continual rebuild, he would be a nice piece to have at the trade deadline this season should the Red Wings find themselves out of playoff contention again.

    What’s Next?

    The Red Wings have a big question looming. The decision they will be faced with is who to protect in preparation for Wednesday’s expansion draft. The Red Wings are likely to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender.

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