Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff noted that Red Wings GM is presently “working the phones” to determine whether unrestricted free agents-to-be might bolster the Red Wings’ roster:
Monday was the first day that teams could officially communicate with unrestricted free agents, and Yzerman intended to let his fingers do the walking.
“I’ll make a lot of phone calls, yeah,” Yzerman said.
“I’m going to make some calls and see. There’s players we’re interested in. You get a feel if they have any interest in coming to Detroit and what the parameters of what they’re looking for.
“We have spots on the roster available. I would look, before a trade, at free agency to fill those roster spots. I also want to have some opportunity for our younger players to fill those spots, but we will look at free agency. But I’m not going to sign a free agent just to sign a free agent.
“The player has to fit what we’re trying to do – the contract, the term of the contract and the value of the contract have to fit.”