The Detroit Red Wings should bring back winger Bobby Ryan.
This one is a bit more difficult than Glendening. Bobby Ryan is a veteran forward that has battled injuries, and those injuries left the Red Wings without a bottom-six trade chip last season.
Over 33 games, Ryan recorded seven goals and seven assists and provided the Detroit Red Wings with a CF% of 48.8% while averaging a touch over 15 minutes of ice-time per evening.
Ryan is 34-years old but proved he can still be productive at the NHL level and spoke glowingly of Yzerman shortly after signing a one-year deal with the organization last season.
Ryan can also continue to be a contributor to the teams’ power-play. Although it’s been an abysmal unit over the past few seasons, hopefully, newly appointed assistant coach Alex Tanguay can find a way to rejuvenate things.
I don’t feel Ryan is a priority, but re-signing Ryan to a one-year deal worth just $1 million again isn’t the worst idea. With Detorit expected to field a young roster, having a proven veteran that can hold everyone accountable isn’t the worst idea.
Throughout his 14-year career, Ryan has totaled 261 goals, 308 assists, and 569 points in 866 NHL games between Anaheim, Ottawa, and Detroit.