Detroit Red Wings: Examining what Filip Hronek’s extension means

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The Detroit Red Wings are approaching the 2021-22 season, and they have made another roster move; this time, it was a contract extension. The Red Wings were able to lock up defenseman Filip Hronek to a three-year extension that is worth $13.2 million.

It’s an exciting addition for the Detroit Red Wings, who are looking to lock down the core of their blueline in Hronek. While there are a couple of young defensemen coming up through the minors, Hronek is the current captain of the blueline.

Until Moritz Seider dethrones him of that role, Hronek is going to be the king of the team’s blueline. Over the next three seasons, the Red Wings are going to be hopeful that Hronek can hold things down as Seider starts settling in and adapting to the NHL level.

The second-rounder from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft is heading into his fourth season in the NHL, where he will look to continue being able to contribute on the scoresheet. He’s been an offensive asset and actually was the lead scorer for the Red Wings in 2020-21.

The Detroit Red Wings recently extended Filip Hronek.

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In 2020-21, Hronek played in all 56 games where he had two goals and added 24 assists for 26 total points.

This led the team in points and was one of the positives from the 2020-21 season. Hronek is going to be on the team’s top pairing again in 2021-22 and deserves that role.

But looking ahead at his extension, the Red Wings should envision Hronek as a second-pairing guy once Seider earns his spot on the team’s top pairing.

The Red Wings are going to need a strong defense core, and locking down Hronek for the next three seasons is helping make that happen.

With Seider slated to be a future number one, having Hronek around is still going to be a crucial part of this team’s rebuild and emergence from it. The Red Wings are building a core that revolves around Seider, and Hronek being the teams’ number two is going to be perfect.

On top of that, having guys like Nick Leddy in the mix is going to be positive for the development of Seider. In 2021-22 the hope should be that Hronek can lock down the top pairing while also being present on the team’s powerplay.

Hronek has quarterbacked things, and he should be able to continue this in the upcoming season.

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The Red Wings made a great choice by adding Filip Hronek into the mix; locking him up on a three-year contract was a great move by the organization. Trust the Yzerplan.