from Kevin Allen of Dtroit Hockey Now,
- Reports have linked the Red Wings to possibly moving Tyler Bertuzzi, but a source with knowledge of the situation said it’s “not happening.” Anybody can be traded for the right offer, but the source said the Bertuzzi rumors were media speculation gone awry. The Red Wings never had any intention of moving Bertuzzi.
- A trade freeze starts at 3 p.m. Saturday and continues until 1 p.m. Thursday, the day before the start of the NHL draft. The lifting of the trade ban could be like the starter’s gun for the Red Wings. Several teams are looking to clear cap space, and some of those deals could come before the draft.
Depending upon what happens in the Staal negotiation and expansion draft, the Red Wings could be looking for two or three veteran defensemen. One of them could come in a trade that includes the Red Wings receiving an asset for taking the player, similar to what the Red Wings did with Staal last season.
The free agent signing period starts on July 28, and the Red Wings aren’t expected to make a major splash.