The Detroit Red Wings traded restricted free agent forward Dmytro Timashov to the New York Islanders on Friday.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 11, 2020
Timashov had been the Red Wings’ lone remaining unsigned restricted free agent. As none of their remaining unrestricted free agents are expected to return to the team, this leaves Detroit with no contracts left to sort out.
The Wings had been saying all the usual things about wanting Timashov back but it never seemed like a deal was particularly close, with rumors that he was going to bolt for the KHL anyway.
Given that Detroit GM Steve Yzerman could have let Timashov bolt and held onto his NHL rights for free, I’m a little surprised that the Wings would part with him for “future considerations” – typically code for “nothing.” The Wings got him for free via waivers so it’s not a particularly painful transaction, just slightly curious.