Red Wings: Dmytro Timashov in a tough spot this coming offseason

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The Detroit Red Wings have a plethora of restricted free agents (RFA) to deal with this offseason, and 2019-20 waiver claim Dmytro Timashov is one of them.

During the 2019-20 Detroit Red Wings season, General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman brought in forward Dmytro Timashov after claiming him off waivers. He would only play in five games with the Red Wings after some issues getting across the Canadian border.

Timashov may not have gotten an opportunity to show his potential this season, but that does not mean he could not be a piece to the future of the Red Wings. The paused season left Timashov in a tight spot going into the offseason, but he is an RFA rather than being unrestricted.

Being that Yzerman was interested in Timashov, it only makes sense that he will get brought back for a trial season. Timashov would not register a single point in his five games and only take three shots being virtually invisible on the ice.

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Before coming to the Red Wings, Timashov played in 39 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs being buried on the fourth line.

He had four goals and five assists for nine total points, which is not all that impressive, but it seems to have peaked Yzerman’s interest.

After getting out of Toronto, Timashov looks to be one of Yzerman’s acquisitions that help piece the rebuild together.

This season, Timashov took home $694,444 according to CapFriendly dot com’s team estimates. Being that he did not get a chance to change the narrative with the Red Wings after coming to the organization, he will be in a tough spot if he is looking for much of a raise this offseason.

It seems like bringing back Timashov is going to be worth the addition while they try and continue the rebuild in the 2020-21 season. He may be more of a third or fourth line helper when things boil down, but there is a certain intrigue that comes along with bringing in Timashov.

With a few trades that Yzerman has made this season, he made some gambles with players like Robby Fabbri that have worked out and others like Brendan Perlini that did not work out as well. Bringing in Timashov was a hunch that a change of scenery would do him well.

This assumption could be warranted looking at his time in the minors with the Toronto Marlies, where he would put up 49 points in 72 games in the 2018-19 campaign. The paused season sucks for Timashov, but he might be able to benefit significantly from another season to prove himself.

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With the Detroit Red Wings season halted, Dmytro Timashov is in a tough spot, not getting a chance to prove himself with the new organization, but 2020-21 should allow for this.