World News – CA – Steve Yzerman, General Manager of the Red Wings: Trade for defenseman Marc Staal ‘plugs a huge hole’


The Detroit Red Wings acquired veteran defenseman Marc Staal and a 2021 second-round draft pick from the New York Rangers in exchange for future considerations on Saturday night

The 33-year-old Staal has two goals and 11 points and has been plus-5 in 52 regular season games this year He has scored one goal and has been minus-4 in three games in the round of play -in best of five against the Carolina Hurricanes

« Commerce does many things, » Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said on a conference call

« As part of our rebuilding process, we’re trying to add draft picks, prospects, young players and future assets to really help us down the line In this job we get a second round pick in the 2021 draft, but we also have to ice a team and be competitive at the same time Not only are we getting a defender who will be part of our roster and fill a huge gap for us, but we are also adding future assets. »

In 892 career games, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Thunder Bay, Ont., has 43 goals, 145 assists, 188 points and is over 46 He has played at least 72 games in each from the previous six seasons and 10 times in total

Yzerman says left-hander Staal’s shot will fill a void with the squad not resigning defenders Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley

« There are two places on our left side that need to be filled in, » Yzerman said. « We have Patrik Nemeth, Danny DeKeyser and Marc Staal who fit in well on the left side He’s a good solid defender, good size, obviously he’s been in the league for a long time (13 year veteran) A good penalty killer « 

Staal was entering the final year of his six-year contract with a cap of $ 5-7 million, according to capfriendlycom Yzerman did not say whether Staal had waived his no-move clause, but said the favorable position team with plenty of ceiling space could help the team even more on the road

“We have room for the cap and places in the list to fill, so we have to be careful not to reach the cap very quickly,” said Yzerman “We are able to make future deals like this one if they come to fruition It doesn’t happen often There’s so much uncertainty in the league right now We’re heading for the draft, we’re heading for free will We don’t really know when we’re starting or what the landscape will look like next year

« We’re all going into uncharted waters somehow For the Red Wings, I hope to use it wisely (cap space) to acquire future assets if a team is able to move contracts and n no other options No one wants to give up choices and leads, but sometimes you have to do what you need to do to improve your team

« I don’t mean that we are trying to take advantage of this, but we are trying to find teams that are able to do it »

Marc Staal’s older brother Eric Staal, 35, was traded to the Buffalo Sabers from the Minnesota Wild on September 16 for forward Marcus Johansson His younger brother Jordan, 32, went scoreless in eight games play-off for the Carolina Hurricanes, including play-in victory over Rangers

Marc Staal

World news – CA – Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman: Trade for defenseman Marc Staal « plugs a huge hole »


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