Marek Zidlicky: An Extension Coming?

Since joining the Detroit Red Wings just hours before the 3:00PM trade deadline, veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky has been a point-pre-game player.

With seven points in seven games for Detroit (3 G, 4 A), the 38 year old has been the perfect right-handed shot that coach Mike Babcock has been looking for. Five of his points have come on the powerplay, giving him 17 PPP on the year.

In just his first game with his new club, Zidlicky potted the overtime winner against the conference-rival New York Rangers.

Zidlicky is currently in his 11th NHL season, where he has played 769 games, tallying 397 points (85 G, 312 A) to go alongside a drastic -64 career rating.

Zidlicky broke the 40-point mark for the sixth time in his career last season and currently stands at 30 points (7 G, 23 A) through 70 games this year.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 3.00.40 PMIn Detroit, Zidlicky has primarily provided depth, but has chipped in more offense than any other defenseman, since joining the Wings.

Last year, GM Ken Holland acquired center David Legwand form the Nashville Predators and chose not to resign him in the offseason. I think Zidlicky is a different story, he has been much more effective than Legwand was in his short stint.

Zidlicky, who turned 38 in February, is a defenseman that still has a lot left in the tank, especially as a depth player on a team that contends for the Stanley Cup every season. Re-signing Zidlicky would also be helpful in luring over other free agents this summer and could allow Detroit to re-stock for another great season.


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