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,