Detroit Red Wings: Trevor Daley retires, moves into Penguins front office

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After sixteen NHL seasons, three with the Detroit Red Wings, Trevor Daley has officially retired and moved into a front-office role with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Detroit Red Wings did not re-sign Trevor Daley this offseason, as they should not have; they had their own success this offseason. After sixteen seasons in the league, Trevor Daley decided to hang up the skates and pursue other opportunities.

He played for four organizations over the course of his career, spending 11 years in a Dallas Stars uniform before heading to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he would be traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He would be there for another season after being traded for, then signing with the Red Wings.

Daley, now 37 years old, has stepped off the ice and will take his experience into the front office as a hockey operations adviser for the Penguins organization. His last three years provided a lackluster performance as he filled out the minute-eater role that the Red Wings used him for.

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In 2019-20, Daley played in 43 total games, where he would only register seven assists for seven total points.

The year before that, 44 total games played where he had two goals and six assists for eight total points.

His first year in Detroit was his best, playing in 77 games on the 2017-18 season, where he had nine goals and seven assists for 16 total points.

He would total 1058 games played during the course of his career, logging 89 total goals and 220 total assists for 309 total points.

He may not have been a Norris trophy candidate or even an all-star during the course of his career, but now finds himself in the Penguins front office.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun took to Twitter after the announcement to say that he thinks Daley could be future General Manager (GM) material.

(Also, the embedded tweet contains a response of LeBrun on a video from the Penguins where Daley talks about transforming to a new role)

While the Red Wings did not offer him a new contract, at 37 years old, there was a high likelihood of that happening. Now, Daley gets an opportunity to work through another side of the game, viewing things from the press box/stands rather than on the ice.

The Penguins made a flurry of organizational changes to the front office; bringing in Daley is one of them; they will continue their offseason just like the Red Wings continue to work through theirs. The big quarrel is the ongoing salary arbitration between Tyler Bertuzzi and the organization that might lead to a new buyout opportunity.

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Best of luck to Trevor Daley as he moves into a new aspect of the game. Also, congratulations to Daley on his retirement after sixteen seasons in the NHL.