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Steve Yzerman The Trader

from Kevin Alen of Detroit Hockey Now,

One of Steve Yzerman’s strengths as a general manager is a willingness to be creative and varied in his problem-solving. While Detroit Red Wings fans were debating whether the Red Wings should draft a goalie with the sixth pick in the NHL draft Friday, Yzerman was busy hammering out the final details of acquiring goalie Alex Nedeljkovic from the Carolina Hurricanes.o

Nedeljkovic is 25 and was a Calder Trophy Finalist last season. He was 15-5-3 last season with a 1.90 goals-against average.

“We are pretty excited about it,”  Yzerman said. “He did very well this year and everyone within our organization is familiar with him because of his local ties.

The Red Wings gave up a third-round pick, and the rights to UFA Jonathan Bernier.

It’s not Yzerman’s way to gush, to be overly effusive in his praise. But this deal is another reason for fans to celebrate Yzerman’s skill as a trader and mover and shaker. This is Detroit’s goalie for today, and it’s possible he is the goalie for the future, a guy who will grow with this rebuilding team.


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awould's avatar

This is a great trade. Gave away a guy we already lost and a draft pick that has a much lower probability of turning into an NHLer than the goalie we just got. If he turns out to be mediocre, barely cost us anything. If he helps us win a Cup, people will start talking about this trade in the same conversation as getting Kris Draper for $1.

Posted by awould on 07/22/21 at 06:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

As good as Yzerman has done in making some eyebrow-raising trades and FA signings, I still want to see how it all comes together when the games start to play and how the coaches utilize the new additions.

Already excited for the pre-season to start in October.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/22/21 at 08:11 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Nedeljkovic was great last season, but he was also on waivers as an AHL goalie with a save percentage around .900 before the year started..

While I like the trade to get a 25 year old goalie that has potential….lets all remember the defensive core he had in front of him in Carolina: Hamilton, Slavin, Skjei, Gardiner, Pesce, Bean, and for a good part of the year Haydn Fleury. He won’t have anywhere near that core in Detroit.

Good signing, good trade—but need to temper the expectations.

Posted by d ca on 07/22/21 at 10:00 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/22/21 at 08:11 PM ET

I’m looking forward to seeing skates hit the ice and pucks hit the net, too.

I think Stevie, having spent his first year assessing the roster, and his second year trying to shore things up, he wants to spend more time getting the roster into playoff shape.

To be clear, I’m not convinced that we’re gonna make the playoffs this season, but I think we’re getting closer. I can’t wait to see Stevie’s vision come to fruition.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/23/21 at 01:30 AM ET

Primis's avatar

All I know is fans of other teams really respect/fear Yzerman at this point and want no part in their team doing any dealings with him.  None whatsoever.

That’s a good enough rec for me.

Stevie is doing low risk/high reward trades like they’re going out of style.  I like it.  It doesn’t mean it’ll all hit and work out perfectly, but it also means that the worst-case scenario is that things take a little longer.

Posted by Primis on 07/23/21 at 11:58 AM ET

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