Detroit Red Wings: Dmytro Timashov deserves to be re-signed for 2020-21

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The Detroit Red Wings have not come to an agreement with forward Dmytro Timashov, but Steve Yzerman should work to get a deal done.

While the Detroit Red Wings have had a phenomenal offseason as it is, with General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman going to work. The organization has made improvements to the roster that should allow the team to have a better result at the end of the season.

The Red Wings have not been able to strike a deal with forward Dmytro Timashov on a contract for the 2020-21 season. This is one of the last moves that Yzerman needs to make to complete the offseason of signings. This would still leave plenty of cap space to take on some cap space.

Yzerman could make more trades like the one to acquire Marc Staal that includes a sweetener in the form of a draft pick. Timashov would not be too expensive and could be a cost-effective addition to the organization’s lineup.

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While Timashov is nothing too special, but he should be given a chance to prove himself with the Red Wings organization.

He only played four games with the Red Wings during the 2019-20 season after being claimed from the Toronto Maple Leafs, not registering a single point.

However, the Red Wings should still give Timashov a chance to be a middle-six upside player. This is wishful thinking, but he at least deserves the chance.

Back in reality, he is likely nothing more than a bottom-six addition for the team. But he could possibly blossom into a special teams addition who could occasionally slot up to the top line.

With the Maple Leafs, Timashov was only seeing the ice for about 8-9 minutes on average, but in his short stint in a winged-wheel uniform, he averaged 11 minutes of ice-time. If the Red Wings continue to plug him into positions and let him prove himself, he could be a cost-effective option.

The restricted free agent is still mulling over options, possibly heading overseas to play, but Yzerman should not shut the door on any negotiations. The 24-year old forward deserves a chance with the organization, after a 5-game stint should not warrant him being let go.

While the Red Wings are not totally responsible for not re-signing Timashov as he weighs out his options, it seems stupid to not re-sign him and give him a chance during the 2020-21 season. At the minimum, he adds depth to the forward core and blocks a roster spot for the time being.

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Yerman has not closed the door on the offseason for the Detroit Red Wings; even though it has already been phenomenal, he should still be looking to work something out with Timashov.