The Detroit Red Wings posted a pair of YouTube clips of note this evening, including one of GM Steve Yzerman addressing the Marc Staal addition…
As well as Sam Gagner, who spoke about his 1-year extension signed with the Wings today:
Update: Wise words from Yzerman, via NHL.com:
“We have cap space,” Yzerman said. “We have roster spots to fill, so we have to be careful. You can get to the cap very quickly. But we’re in a position to potentially do future deals like this if they come along. There aren’t that many. They don’t happen a lot. But yeah, we’re in a position, if a team … there’s so much uncertainty in the League right now. Like, we’re heading into the draft. We’re heading into free agency (Oct. 9). We don’t really know when we’re starting, what the landscape is going to look like next year. So we’re all kind of going into uncharted waters.
“For the Red Wings, we are in a position, we do have cap space that we can use it. I hope to use it wisely, but one way we would like to try and use it is to acquire future assets should any teams be in a position where they really have to move contracts and don’t have any other options. Nobody wants to give up picks or prospects, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to make your team better, and we’re trying to … I don’t want to say take advantage of that, but find teams that are in a position that need to do that. Again, we’re trying to add picks or prospects and at the same time ice a team.”