DETROIT – With free agency a little over a month away, the Red Wings’ shopping list could include two players off the team that just ousted them from this year’s playoffs.
Chicago Blackhawks forwards Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg could be tops on Detroit’s list once free agency opens up on July 5.
Both are unrestricted free agents and 27 years old.
Bickell’s stock has really rose in the playoffs. After a nine goal and 14 assist regular season, Bickell has five goals this postseason and one assist.
Bickell, who was also a plus-12 during the lockout-shortened regular season, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $541,667.
The 6-4, 233-pound forward also showed his physical side when he dealt a crushing blow behind the Wings’ goal on Niklas Kronwall, who later was learned to have injured himself on the play.
Bickell and Stalberg played on Chicago’s third line most of the season.
Stalberg could be headed out of town after reportedly getting into it with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville about playing time, mainly on the power play, in their first-round series with the Minnesota Wild.
Stalberg was benched for the first two games of the Western Conference semifinal series with the Wings.
Quenneville denied reports.
“Viktor knows the reasons why,” Quenneville said. “It has nothing to do with anything about our conversation. It was strictly nothing to do with that. At all. That situation wasn’t even addressed.”
Stalberg got back in the lineup for Game 3 against the Wings and remained in it.
Stalberg made $875,000 this season.
The Wings currently will be close to $12 million under the salary cap.
Chicago has roughly $2 million in cap space.
Other possible players the Wings could target Mike Ribeiro, Pascal Dupuis, Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder, Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Nathan Horton, Mason Raymond, Ryane Clowe and David Clarkson.