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Busy Summer?

Rory Boylen of Sportsnet has a question for every NHL team,

Detroit Red Wings: How active will Steve Yzerman be in his first summer back with the Winged Wheel?

When Yzerman first took over the Lightning in 2010, the team improved by 23 points and went from missing the playoffs to the East final. That team didn’t change too drastically though. Simon Gagne was Yzerman’s biggest trade pick up in that first summer and he was their fifth-highest scorer. Dwayne Roloson was added at Yzerman’s first trade deadline and that was key for the playoff run. But the biggest pieces were pretty much already in place.

So what does that mean for these Red Wings? They’re not exactly in the same spot as the 2010 Lightning; these Wings still feel sort of in the middle of their rebuild. Don’t expect Yzerman to try and expedite it either. Detroit has the sixth-overall pick and the most likely way this plays out over the summer is Yzerman stays quiet and keeps building up the young assets Holland left behind.

“The Draft is so important,” Yzerman told NHL.com. “You have to acquire your talent some way. To do it through unrestricted free agency, you’re not going to build a team that way. At least I don’t think you can build a team that way. How you do it is acquire the young talent and try to develop them.”

Detroit has $13.67 million in projected cap space this summer and though a number of RFAs will be up for raises in 2020 some expensive UFAs could come off the books as well. So along the lines of acquiring young talent, Yzerman could take on an expensive contract if it means acquiring a prospect. Maybe he turns to his former team and helps them out by taking Ryan Callahan?

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these Wings still feel sort of in the middle of their rebuild.

Jesus. Holland is gone, can we stop pretending he was in the middle of a rebuild just because he traded away a couple expiring contracts in consecutive seasons?

This team is still at the beginning of a rebuild. Finally.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/13/19 at 11:21 AM ET


Maybe he turns to his former team and helps them out by taking Ryan Callahan?

I hope so, and I hope that as a GM he “helps” his former team in a similar way to when he helped his former team reacquire Kyle Quincey.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/13/19 at 11:24 AM ET

Alan's avatar

This team is still at the beginning of a rebuild. Finally.

The team has a solid core to build around. Larkin, Mantha, AA, Lil Bert. We have a couple prospects that could turn out to be solid fits as well, like Veleno, Zadina, Hronek, etc

I don’t see us in the beginning stages of a rebuild. In the beginning of a rebuild, we wouldn’t have a good young core to build around , or the type of prospects we have to look forward to. I’d say our rebuild is fairly well established. Just gotta see a some of these guys take the next steps.


Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/13/19 at 05:33 PM ET

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Alan is correct. The beginning stages of a rebuild doesn’t have Larkin, AA, Mantua, etc. Or maybe they’ve been drafted by are still in minor minor leagues.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/13/19 at 06:02 PM ET


I take a couple things away from this article:

1. There are a lot of teams with cap trouble. It would be wise for the Red Wings to use this to their advantage. Take on a bad contract and get some future assets for doing so.

2. There are plenty of teams with unstable goaltending situations. Keep a close eye on this. The Wings might not be able to move a goalie over the summer but if their tandem gets off to a good start and other teams are still struggling to define the position their could be good value for Howard or Bernier.

Posted by evileye on 06/14/19 at 08:39 AM ET

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