Not only has Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman transformed the look of the team's coaching staff with several new hires, but they'll also have a new tandem between the pipes next season after the acquisition of goaltender Ville Husso from the St. Louis Blues. He'll be teaming up with Alex Nedeljkovic, whom Yzerman acquired in a lopsided deal last offseason.
For Husso, he arrives in the Motor City after having been the starter for the Blues for much of last season - and he's excited for his new surroundings and meet his new partner in net.
"I’m very happy to join the Detroit Red Wings — historic team, 11 Stanley Cups, I think that tells a lot," Husso said Sunday following the trade. "I kind of knew that I would not stay in St. Louis. I was ready for it and excited, and am really happy right now."
"I feel like these days in hockey, it’s good to have two good goalies," Husso said. "I haven’t met Alex yet but I’m looking forward for that. I think we will be a good goalie duo."
Head coach Derek Lalonde is looking forward to it as well, saying that both Husso and Nedeljkovic will be sharing the net.
"It feels like Ville is going this way with his development and I think we’re going to get him at a really good time," Lalonde said. "Those two will share the net. It will be good experience for both of them.
Husso has more than a few ideal new teammates to help him get acclimated, as there are a handful of former members of the St. Louis Blues on Detroit's roster, including the likes of Robby Fabbri as well as Oskar Sundqvist and Jake Walman; the latter two were acquired by Detroit at the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline.
"They said really good things about Detroit and the fans and everything, so I’m looking forward to that," Husso said.