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Steve Yzerman Will Be Looking To Collect Assets

Frank Seravalli of TSN put the 31 NHL teams in categories and lists the Wings in the 'THE EASY LIVIN’ BUCKET'.

Expect GM Steve Yzerman to use his cap space potentially as an escape ramp for troubled teams as he continues to collect assets in the Red Wings’ rebuild.

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Chicago Blackhawks: GM Stan Bowman needs a starting goaltender and to re-sign 30-goal rookie Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome. He’s got less than $8 million to do it.

How about taking on Olli Maatta’s $4M per-year salary for two years in exchange for the 3rd round pick the Wings acquired from the Sharks. And the Hawks give the Wings Alex Regula back as the “sweetener” in the deal. If there ever was a time to put the screws to the Hawks, this is it.

Tampa Bay Lightning: This year, it could be Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat or even Yanni Gourde

All four of those guys have No Trade Clauses. But maybe Killorn might wave his to come and play for Stevie Y. The question is: what would it cost the Wings, and what would the Bolts’ “sweetener” be?

This should be fun.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/24/20 at 07:45 PM ET

d ca's avatar

^^rather use the cap space to get a 1st round pick this or next year. Plenty of other candidates because not only is the NHL cap an issue but also several owners have self-imposed caps that will need to be followed without gate revenues.

NYR and Lundqvist would me be the team I talked to first seeing if he would waive his NMC to come here with the understanding that come trading deadline the Wings would talk to whatever club he wanted to try to get him dealt to a playoff team—solves the backup goaltending issue as well. Thereby a double return on a usable asset. Rangers have the #22 pick that could be in play.

If Vince Dunn in St Louis is in play, I target him next.

Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat or even Yanni Gourde all have NTC’s (Killorn is a 16 team veto) so they won’t be going anywhere esp given the tax advantages of playing in Florida and the team being a Cup contender…no need to even make a phone call there…instead an offer sheet at 4,363,095 or under (costing just a 2nd rounder) to Sergachev and Cirelli. Might not sign it, but that would be brutal to TBL’s ability to negotiate a team friendly contract and keep most of the team intact.

Posted by d ca on 09/24/20 at 11:59 PM ET


This will be a very interesting stretch for sure.
So many moving parts - and players.

If the Wings see Maatta as a still competent (if slow)
defensive defenseman, then maybe that 4M is low enough
to be combined with another move with team in an even worse cap bind.
And would Chicago even be in a position to
demand a pick beyond the lowest rounds, even if they gave us a higher pick/prospect? Could Maatta or someone like him fill two roles: getting back a significant asset; and adding some veteran stability for a couple seasons?
I guess the alternative is to sign a UFA def you like better and try to flip him for a pick in a season or two.

Does Lundqvist want to be traded?
Would they respect his preference to be bought out,
if he would prefer to shop himself around the league?
His salary is still relatively high by the trade deadline
and I don’t know if his declining game behind our rebuilding team
would inspire trade deadline interest.

But getting a first should be a priority given the number of teams in a bind.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/25/20 at 11:49 AM ET

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