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Andrew Copp Signs with the Detroit Red Wings

Andrew Copp
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Andrew Copp Heading Back Home

Who guessed an Andrew Copp homecoming? The former Rangers forward is heading back to his native Michigan with the Detroit Red Wings. The deal rounds in at roughly five years and $28.125 million. Steve Yzerman adds a quality veteran to complement his young and rising squad. When you consider that he can play both on the wing and down the middle, there’s a lot to like about this deal.

Is 2023 the Year of a Red Wing Revival?

It’s hard to say that Yzerman has done anything besides an outstanding job while in charge of the Red Wings. He’s gotten rid of bad contracts, collected a strong base of young talent, and is now investing in really good complementary pieces. Copp is a great addition to that third category. The 28-year-old was already a good two-way forward in Winnipeg but exploded with his scoring after the trade deadline. It is surprising to see the Rangers letting him walk after he burst onto the scene with eight goals and 18 points in 16 games. He formed a strong partnership with Artemi Panarin and looks set to do the same with the dynamic Lucas Raymond. Obviously, there’s more to be done but this forward group is looking really solid. Copp, Raymond, Bertuzzi, Larkin, Vrana, and more could be really dangerous sooner rather than later.

Rangers Seem Set

With the departures of both Copp and Ryan Strome, the Rangers need to address their depth down the middle. And they quickly did that with the signing of Vincent Trochek. The 29-year-old appears to be a good fit as their second-line center. Maybe they were more interested in spiting Carolina, but who knows? The cap hits are relatively identical, but I guess there were things about the former Panther that GM Chris Drury really liked. Regardless, the Rangers and Red Wings have both been very busy to start off free agency. And remember, this is only Day One, so hang on to your hats!


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