The Red Wings are very pleased to have acquired their goalie of the future in John Gibson. I would like to thank TW for the negotiations, as it was an honest and fair negotiation that spanned a good amount of time.
Having had lottery picks each of the past 3 seasons, including the 3rd overall pick in the Draft on Saturday, it was time to take a leap of faith and go all in with this team. I have spent the better part of 3 seasons putting this core together, and feel that this year will be the time for them to break out and take us over the hump and into the playoffs. We are still looking to acquire some more mature pieces to add to our team, but are very happy with how the offseason has progressed and look forward to continuing talks with other GMs heading into the draft.
With lottery picks Noah Hanifin, Ivan Provorov, Kyle Connor, Elias Lindholm, Darnell Nurse, Derrick Pouliot, and Jakub Vrana in the system, alongside the player selected in the draft on Saturday, we felt comfortable moving our 1st rounder next year in hopes of solidifying the single greatest hole on our depth chart. Since the loss of Jonathan Quick, we have had difficulty putting ourselves in a position to acquire a goaltender, but found a perfect trading partner in Columbus. The picks traded were not more than what it would have cost via an offersheet, plus we get the added bonus of having a team friendly deal without burning any bridges. We are very happy to have John join the system and have him play a key role heading into next season.
Speaking of the draft on Saturday, the Red Wings are willing to move both 2nd round picks they currently hold in the draft (34th and 35th overall). Unfortunately, work has gotten in the way and won't let me attend the draft in person, so any moving of picks will have to occur before Friday night. Any interested parties please get in touch.