Earlier, we passed along a report of Detroit’s interest in Blues d-man Kevin Shattenkirk and St. Louis’ sky-high asking price in return — rookie phenom Dylan Larkin.
In light of that, not surprising to learn the Red Wings have kicked tiers on a seemingly more attainable blueliner.
Per the Free Press, GM Ken Holland “has talked to Anaheim about Cam Fowler in recent weeks.” This shouldn’t come as any huge surprise — Fowler is young (24 years old) and would be a nice injection onto a blueline featuring the likes of Niklas Kronwall (35) Jonathan Ericsson (32) and Mike Green (30).
Coming off a year in which he had 28 points in 69 games, Fowler — a good offensive d-man — is also quite affordable. He has two years left on a five-year, $20 million deal with a $4M average annual cap hit, which Anaheim may be forced to flip away after inking Sami Vatanen and still needing to come to terms with Hampus Lindholm.
In terms of fit, Fowler is a solid power-play presence, something Detroit needs to upgrade. The Red Wings PP was average at best during the regular season and went completely south in the playoffs, going 1-for-25 in an opening-round loss to Tampa Bay.
It’s a big reason why former assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler — who ran the man advantage last season — has been re-assigned to the press box, replaced by ex-Wild bench boss John Torchetti.