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Wrapping Up Today’s Press Conference

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Steve Yzerman hit the jackpot with the top selections in each of his first two drafts as Detroit Red Wings general manager, landing Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond.

By many accounts, Simon Edvinsson, the sixth pick last year, could be another gem.

Whoever the Red Wings take with the eighth overall pick Thursday during the first round of the draft (7 p.m., ESPN) will have a lot to live up to, but Yzerman is confident the prospect will meet that challenge.'

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Below find Khan answering some fan mail earlier today.

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Q: Does Yzerman continue his pursuit of centers in free agency this offseason? Are trades off the table because of a lack of available talent to be traded? – CJ

A: Yzerman will explore the free-agent market for a second-line center. It’s doubtful that any of the high-end centers who potentially will hit the market will want to sign with a rebuilding team, players like Filip Forsberg (Nashville), Nazem Kadri (Colorado), Vincent Trocheck (Carolina), Ryan Strome (Rangers) and Claude Giroux (Philadelphia).

The Red Wings might focus on the second tier of centers, a group that includes Andrew Copp (Rangers), Rickard Rakell (Pittsburgh) and Paul Stastny (Winnipeg).

Their biggest trade chip would be Tyler Bertuzzi if they opt to go that route. Of course, moving a 30-goal scorer who provides a much-needed abrasive element would be risky, and they would need to get a proven goal-scorer in return.

Bertuzzi is entering the final year of his contract ($4.75 million), so the Red Wings need to decide soon on his future. They’re certainly not going to let him walk after the season as an unrestricted free agent and having only one year remaining limits his trade value. Chances are, they will sign him to a multi-year extension. But that wouldn’t preclude them from trading him, as Yzerman did with Anthony Mantha in 2021.

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Paul's avatar

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

- The Wings can begin negotiations with Dylan Larkin on a new contract — Larkin can be an unrestricted free agent the summer of 2023 — but Yzerman wouldn’t comment on any specifics.

“I’d be happy to answer questions on the draft for you and leave it at that,” Yzerman said. “I have no desire and will not have any updates on contract negotiations on any of our players.”

Regarding prospective UFAs, Yzerman said he will get back to potential free agents such as Sam Gagner, Marc Staal, Thomas Greiss, Carter Rowney and Danny DeKeyser before the first day of free agency on July 13.

“In general my message to everybody was, look, I’m going to see if I can improve our team and I will get back to them closer to July 13,” Yzerman said. “I haven’t ruled out bringing anyone back, but a final decision, one way or another, will be made shortly before or after July 13.”

- Yzerman didn’t necessarily rule out moving up or down (and accumulating more draft picks) in the draft, but said it’s not easy to do.

“The difficulty is finding a partner that wants to (trade),” Yzerman said. “There have been times where we’ve looked at moving up or back and simply can’t find anybody that wanted to do it. Those are decisions that come up on the draft floor.”

Yzerman is open to trading with teams and using the Wings’ salary cap space but isn’t overly eager.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/05/22 at 07:09 PM ET

Chet's avatar

I seriously love how he handles his business. Just ice cold, which is how you have to be.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/05/22 at 07:40 PM ET

Paul's avatar

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Steve Yzerman was amused at the suggestion that NHL general managers will be more inclined to wheel and deal now that they are together again on the NHL draft floor.

“Believe it or not, it’s not like we just wander around the room looking for somebody, open
up the raincoat and sell them a watch or something like that,” he joked. “…There is a bit of a plan to it.”

The Detroit Red Wings general manager met with the media on a zoom call Tuesday and talked about the state of his team heading into the draft Thursday and Friday in Montreal. Yzerman indicated he has confidence about landing a future NHL player with the No. 8 pick.

“I only know what we’re thinking,” Yzerman said. “I don’t know what other teams are thinking, but we feel pretty good about where we are and we think we’re going to get a good prospect that will help us.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/05/22 at 08:29 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

If Stevie trades Bert, I’m gonna puke.  Then have a hard think on my faith in the Yzerplan.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/05/22 at 08:52 PM ET

d ca's avatar

If Stevie trades Bert, I’m gonna puke.  Then have a hard think on my faith in the Yzerplan.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/05/22 at 08:52 PM ET

I stated a few times before the issues with re-signing ‘lil Bert: style of play/injury risk, injury history, age/prime years/team rebuild length, etc, etc….but these may not even be factors in a trade.

If ‘lil Bert continues his contract negotiation difficulties: SY may not have a choice. You can’t lose an asset of value like that for nothing. Think of how much better the Isles would be if they got even a rental return back for Tavares. Same goes for the Blue Jackets and Panarin/Bobrovsky.

...and if you come to that he’s leaving because we aren’t offering him anywhere near where he wants conclusion: it’s better to move him now to maximize the return rather than move him as a pure playoff rental at the trade deadline.

Remember an important point: if ‘lil Bert does get moved—he’ll be a valuable piece that brings back valuable assets. He’s not Staal.

Posted by d ca on 07/05/22 at 11:25 PM ET

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And if you think, as the Wings’ brain trust likely does, that the playoffs are at best a coin flip in 22-23, moving Bert for all of the above reasons becomes a no brainer. Yes, he’s a good player. Yes also, his age and contract status may mean he’s better gone than on the team. He might also like to try to win in his prime, which in Detroit is a long shot.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/06/22 at 12:32 AM ET

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