Red Wings Acquire Goalie Husso


The Detroit Red Wings acquired goalie Ville Husso for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, then signed him to a three-year contract extension.

Financial terms of Husso’s new contract were not announced (of course) but it reportedly carries a $4.75 million salary cap hit.

I’m fine with that deal because of its relatively short term.  $4.75 million seems a little high for someone so unproven, especially compared to the $3 million deal that Alex Nedeljkovic signed last summer, but the Red Wings have a ton of cap space right now so it’s manageable.

If Husso ends up not being worth it, Detroit has Richard Panik’s retained salary coming off the books in 2023-24, Justin Abdelkader’s buyout cap hit gets cut in half, and Frans Nielsen’s buyout cap hit disappears entirely, so overpaying on a goalie can be accommodated.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site’s design and development.

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