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Wings Involved In A Three Team Trade

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today acquired defenseman David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Brian Lashoff and subsequently traded Savard to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

After drafting an NHL-high 33 players over the last three Entry Drafts, the Red Wings currently own 19 picks over the next two drafts. For this summer’s 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Detroit has its own pick in the first six rounds, in addition to two additional second-round choices (Edmonton and NY Rangers), a second pick in the third round (Vegas) and the fourth-round pick acquired in this trade from the Lightning. In the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, the Red Wings have their own picks in all seven rounds plus two additional selections in the fourth round (Colorado and Vegas).

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Nice work Steve! Let’s move out some more! Chelios predicted Yzerman would move out four players in the main roster on 97.1, I hope he’s right. I also hope Steve can attach some of these middle round picks to outgoing players and bump the Wings into another first.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 04/10/21 at 05:29 PM ET

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Seems like Columbus got the best of the deal, a first and a third for only half of a former player???  Detroit only gets a fourth, for taking half a players salary????

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 04/10/21 at 05:32 PM ET

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Lashoff, eh? That’s a name I haven’t seen in a while… and we got a fourth rounder for 25% of Savard’s remaining cap hit? Nice move.

Monday is fast approaching, I wonder what we’re going to look like when all is said and done?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/10/21 at 05:33 PM ET

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As a Wing fan I say nice job Steve.

As a fan of 29 (Tampa excluded) other teams, Im wondering how this isn’t circumventing the cap…

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/10/21 at 05:39 PM ET

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Detroit only gets a fourth, for taking half a players salary????

Savard’s cap hit this year is $4.25m. Columbus retained $2.125m. Detroit retained $1.0625m. A fourth rounder for a million bucks seems legit to me.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/10/21 at 05:40 PM ET

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Oh… and also, when you consider that Lashoff was still on the books for $700k, we really only took on just north of $300k.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/10/21 at 05:57 PM ET

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<<<Savard’s cap hit this year is $4.25m. Columbus retained $2.125m. Detroit retained $1.0625m. A fourth rounder for a million bucks seems legit to me.<<<<

I know Savard is the big name and maybe Lashoff was a throw in, I’m thinking we should have got the Tampa 4th rounder along with the Columbus 4th rounder.  On the other hand Lashoff should write a book regarding his interesting up and down career, and I hope he scores the Stanley Cup winner this year!!!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 04/10/21 at 06:01 PM ET

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The full $1.065 mil will hit the cap, opposed to Lashoff who didn’t count against the cap.

Posted by tkfergy on 04/10/21 at 06:03 PM ET

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Who gives a flying EFF about our cap space this year? My word seriously we have like $8MM and guess what, we’re not loading up for a run! 

This is why we had the cap space,  to use it to acquire draft capital. He used it.

Kudos to yzerman, job well done.

Take this trade all day long and more of them.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 04/10/21 at 06:09 PM ET

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I agree that all these financial details really do not matter. We basically traded AHL player for a 4th rounder. Considering we just traded an NHL player for 4th round pick, this deal is even better

Posted by VPalmer on 04/10/21 at 06:18 PM ET

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These low round picks are like lottery tickets. The goal is volume - the more you have the better your chance of getting that winner. So this is a good deal.

Posted by JL72 on 04/10/21 at 06:36 PM ET

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So wings can only retain salary in one more deal and they used the 2nd to last spot to get a 4th round pick and an AHLer out


Is that too pessimistic of a view?

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/10/21 at 06:50 PM ET

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Nice Job Steve!

Lashoff gets to claim he was traded for a 1st and a third. Lol

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/10/21 at 06:58 PM ET

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via The Athletic ($$$), Scott Burnside, Joe Smith and Aaron Portzline grade the trade.

Writers listed in the same order as above…

And there is Detroit GM Steve Yzerman stepping into a deal with his former protégé, BriseBois, and using the Red Wings’ cap space to nab a fourth-round pick in the ’21 draft by picking up 25 percent of Savard’s salary.

Detroit grade: B+

The Red Wings, for playing such a small role in the deal (retaining 25 percent of Savard’s contract), netted another fourth-rounder for their rebuild. With the flat cap expected for years, this might be the kind of trade we see more often.

Detroit grade: B+

The Red Wings paid, essentially, about $250,000 for a fourth-round pick by agreeing to pick up half of the remaining portion (25 percent) of Savard’s deal so Tampa Bay could remain salary-cap compliant.

It’s not an exciting return on paper for impatient Detroit fans, but there have been some very good players mined from the fourth round.

Detroit grade: B

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/10/21 at 07:13 PM ET

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They will only end up paying $90k extra for that pick.

Posted by tkfergy on 04/10/21 at 07:24 PM ET

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14 games left / 56 gm season= approx 25% left of total cap. Retaining half of that is 12.5% not the half of 50% some here are figuring. That’s why the numbers are off.

Means the Wings bought a 4th for 187.5k. Take away Lashoff’s remaining AHL salary (25% of 250k—not his NHL salary) is how I got there.

One slot left for salary retention will be used for Staal or Helm.

Posted by d ca on 04/10/21 at 07:32 PM ET

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Didn’t rationalize it was a 2 way contract

Posted by tkfergy on 04/10/21 at 07:44 PM ET

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Friedman during HNC intermission say Bruins and others have interest in Merrill.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/10/21 at 07:54 PM ET

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Savard’s cap hit this year is $4.25m. Columbus retained $2.125m. Detroit retained $1.0625m. A fourth rounder for a million bucks seems legit to me.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/10/21 at 05:40 PM ET

Well said!!!

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/10/21 at 08:11 PM ET

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Called it.

Posted by ThatGuy on 04/10/21 at 08:21 PM ET

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What do they mean by 1 slot left? The 50 contracts or is it each team can only retain salary on so many contracts each year? They can’t trade Helm and Glendening lets say this year and retain salary on each trade?

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/10/21 at 11:03 PM ET

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Never mind I googled it.

A maximum of 3 such contracts with salary retained in a trade can be on a team’s books at any one time.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/10/21 at 11:06 PM ET

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