3 forwards the Detroit Red Wings should target before the trade deadline

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Detroit Red Wings, Max Domi
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The Detroit Red Wings should look into acquiring Max Domi.

Now, I know I’m only 22 years old, and Red Wings fans in their 30s and 40s are going to hate this suggestion based on the name alone…

The Detroit Red Wings should consider trading for Columbus Blue Jackets forward Max Domi. While Bob Probert may be looking to give me a nice haymaker for suggesting the team targets an old foe’s son to play for the Red Wings, it seems like Domi would bring a quality impact.

He’s going to cost more with a higher $5.3 million cap hit, but it’s almost like buying some scoring. Domi is also an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. The former first-round pick is a center and left-winger who burst onto the scene looking like a perennial scorer. He’s in his seventh season in the NHL and maybe best served for a new home once again.

His scoring has fallen off with Blue Jackets; he only put up nine goals, and 15 assists for 25 points over 54 games played in 2020-21. He’s following that up in 2021-22 with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points over 36 games played.

As was mentioned, the cost of Domi is going to be a little higher. But he would be able to join the team’s top-six and start tapping into the scoring once again. He’s had some strong seasons over the years; even as a playmaker who collects plenty of assists, he’s an attractive candidate for addition.

The Red Wings should consider trying to make a run at acquiring him if they wanted to add a little boost to the top of the lineup. Yzerman has been no stranger to out of nowhere deals, including last year’s blockbuster Anthony Mantha trade; maybe there’s a Domi deal in the cards this year.