Daley is plus-4 with an assist over his first five games with the Red Wings. Wings coach Jeff Blashill is predictably deploying the industrious blueliner in all situations. It's only been five games, but Daley is averaging a career-high 23:35 of ice time, including a wealth of minutes on the man advantage (2:23) and in shorthanded situations (3:40). GM Ken Holland didn't have much cap money to spend in free agency this summer, though the acquisition of Daley is already paying major dividends, as he's indirectly alleviating pressure on Mike Green, who's the team's offensive leader from the back end.
Daley is not expected to join Mike Green as a first-pairing defenseman this season, NHL.com reports. The boys in Motown were lackluster on the man advantage last season, ranking 27th in the league with a conversion rate of 15.1 percent. Daley was brought in to help the Wings with several facets of the game -- particularly special teams -- but we suspect that Danny Dekeyser, who's heading into his sixth year with Detroit, is projected to line up with Green since he's so familiar with the club. Of course, Green and Daley have similar playing styles; they are both puck-controlling offensive defensemen, which is perhaps another reason why Daley is looking at a middle-six assignment in the upcoming season. At any rate, he should be able to at least match the 20:23 of average ice time he posted as a Penguin last year.
Daley signed a three-year contract with the Red Wings on Saturday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports, adding that his deal is worth $3.178 million annually. The Red Wings suffered in a major way in terms of offensive production from the blue line last season. Case in point: Mike Green had 36 points himself, whereas the rest of the rearguards collectively added 77 combined goals and assists. Daley has averaged .31 points per game over a career that will be going on 15 years old -- most of his time had been spent with the Stars, plus he's enjoyed tours with the Blackhawks and two Stanley Cup-winning campaigns in a Penguins sweater -- and while he's more of a complementary fantasy option at this juncture, Detroit will certainly put his special teams acumen to good use. Danny DeKeyser has occasionally been miscast as a top-pairing defenseman in Detroit, so expect Daley to hold that spot.
Daley is unlikely to be back in Pittsburgh next season, Mark Madden of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports. Daley has been a great fit with the Penguins since coming over from Chicago via trade, but it's a numbers game for general manager Jim Rutherford, and the 33-year-old likely won't fit under the cap. Pittsburgh is already expected to spend the bulk of its approximately $19 million in cap space on Justin Schultz and Brian Dumoulin, which leaves Daley out of the equation. According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, Detroit and Boston appear to be the leading candidates for the Toronto native's signature.
Daley (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Game 3 against the Senators, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Daley has missed each of the club's last four contests because of the lower-body issue. He doesn't provide a ton of offensive support, but he does have an assist, 11 shots on goal and 12 blocked shots over 10 postseason contests in 2017, making him a potential asset in some playoff pools and daily formats. Daley will pair with Olli Maatta.
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