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Recap Of Steve Yzerman’s Media Conference

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Steve Yzerman used free agency to bolster the Detroit Red Wings at every position — not with marquee signings but with smart ones.

He signed five players over three days and still has roughly $18 million in salary cap space. No one was signed for more than two years, which fits with how Yzerman is shaping the rebuild while waiting for more young players to make an impact.

“It gives you the flexibility to do a lot of different things,” he said Monday evening. “You get into the longer-term contracts, generally you’re locked into them. When you sign players we all hope that they perform well and justify the signing of the contract. We’re just trying to move cautiously. In the climate we’re in, with the uncertainty with our salary cap in years to come, we just felt like this a good way.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Two pieces of important business for general manager Steve Yzerman to tackle are new contracts for two of his most important players.

Restricted free-agent forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha are both without contracts, but Yzerman sounds optimistic something will get done.

In the grand scheme of things, there’s plenty of time before next season begins — whenever that’ll be — and the Wings aren’t hamstrung by salary cap issues.


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SYF's avatar

I’m just a little bit surprised by just Bertuzzi going the arbitration route and Mantha didn’t (hasn’t?).  Someone could (and most likely not) offer Mantha an offer sheet.  Here’s hoping we’ll get both guys signed.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/12/20 at 09:00 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Posted by SYF

I’ve seen it posited that Bert filed for arb so that the Wings would get another buyout window. Don’t take it as gospel, but it makes sense, if he wants to see how the FA market shakes out and maybe have another opportunity (tho I hate buyouts and the draconian rules the league put in).


Posted by Steeb on 10/12/20 at 09:51 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

“Right now we filled our holes but it’s not like we’re set in stone if we have to change it.”

But if a young player shows he is ready to play in training camp, Yzerman will keep him on the NHL roster.

“If they’re good enough to play, we’ll find a spot for them and figure it out,” Yzerman said “If any of these kids show up in training camp and few of them won’t be here at the start of training camp if we start in January, they’ll begin playing Europe, but if anyone is ready to go and help the team and play a lot, we’ll keep them and figure it out.

SMART, logical path. Most likely all aspects of this plan may not work, but if the overall effect does the Wings should be in a very good place in the near future.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/13/20 at 10:48 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

“If they’re good enough to play, we’ll find a spot for them and figure it out,”

Anyone else feeling some deja vu?

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/13/20 at 02:51 PM ET

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