Red Wings post YouTube link to a 3:55 PM-scheduled Steve Yzerman presser

In theory, Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman will address the Wings’ free agency moves today at 3:55 PM EDT:

Tweets of note:

Steve Yzerman addressing the media: “Suter fits in to the same age group as all of our core. He is a centerman, an offensive minded, playmaking centerman.” That answers any question as to where Suter would fit in position wise. #LGRW @DetroitRedWings— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) July 29, 2021

Steve Yzerman says the Red Wings “need to be better defensively, but I’m not just putting focus on that area.” Says the Wings need to get better at every position @DetroitRedWings #LGRW— Carley Johnston (@carleykjohnston) July 29, 2021

Yzerman said they could potentially add one more player up front. Possibly 2. #LGRW @DetroitRedWings— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) July 29, 2021

Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman says he may sign another forward or two off FA market. Doesn’t want to leave spot open to just hand to young forward, has to earn role.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 29, 2021

Yzerman on Seider: “if he’s in the top 6 and he earns that position, we’ll play him- if he’s not, we don’t want him just sitting in the press box.” @DetroitRedWings #LGRW— Carley Johnston (@carleykjohnston) July 29, 2021

Yzerman says Veleno is “a young prospect competing for a job.” Mentions that he has gotten a lot stronger in the last 18 months, but not penciled into the roster. @DetroitRedWings #LGRW— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) July 29, 2021

Yzeman on Veleno: “he’s a young prospect competing for a job.” Said he liked what he saw out of him at the end of last season. But, “I don’t just want him on the roster, I want him to succeed.” @DetroitRedWings #LGRW— Carley Johnston (@carleykjohnston) July 29, 2021

Steve Yzerman said the Red Wings expect Lucas Raymond to be healthy at camp. As for making the roster…

“We feel he has a real bright future. Is he ready to go in September, October? We will see.” pic.twitter.com/ghwINYYLja— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) July 29, 2021

Yzerman said Larkin is progressing fine and they expect him to be ready to go for the start of training camp. #LGRW @DetroitRedWings— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) July 29, 2021

Yzerman says that Dylan Larkin’s neck injury is “progressing fine.” They expect him to be ready for training camp #LGRW— nolan bianchi (@nolanbianchi) July 29, 2021

Steve Yzerman: “Certainly a wild week in the NHL.” pic.twitter.com/XPjaC7hQdo— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) July 29, 2021

Steve Yzerman admits he thought the last week in the NHL was entertaining.

Adding Seattle to the mix “adds 23, 24 jobs to the league.”— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) July 29, 2021

“Certainly a wild week in the NHL,” Steve Yzerman says.

“Going into two weeks ago, a week ago, I wasn’t really sure … I thought it was entertaining.”#LGRW— nolan bianchi (@nolanbianchi) July 29, 2021

Steve Yzerman on Marc Staal’s no-movement clause: “He can’t be moved without his permission.”

“It’s as simple as this: Marc Staal has a family,” Yzerman added. If they get to the deadline, Yzerman said they’ll talk. “Very, very reasonable concession to make.”— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) July 29, 2021

Yzerman on Marc Staal: “With some of these veteran guys, you need to make some concessions. We’re signing him not to trade him at the deadline, but to play with our young lefties.” @DetroitRedWings #LGRW— Carley Johnston (@carleykjohnston) July 29, 2021

“We were really glad to get the deals done on those two players (Nedeljkovic and Leddy) prior to free agency.” #LGRW— nolan bianchi (@nolanbianchi) July 29, 2021

Yzerman likes Witkowski’s versatility. He can also play on the Right Wing. “Great leadership and tough as nails” too. #LGRW @DetroitRedWings— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) July 29, 2021

Steve Yzerman said that he doesn’t know what other options Marc Staal had, but he liked it here and the NMC because he wanted to know that he wouldn’t have to move for family’s sake.

He adds you have to make “very reasonable concessions” to bring in veterans sometimes #LGRW— nolan bianchi (@nolanbianchi) July 29, 2021

Steve Yzerman asked if he thinks the franchise superstar is already in the org, or if he’ll have to go get one in FA.

Mentions Raymond, Seider, Edvinsson, Cossa as guys who could pop off but won’t put expectations or pressure on anyone. Cites David Pastrnak’s sudden rise #LGRW— nolan bianchi (@nolanbianchi) July 29, 2021

“Do they develop into that? Time will tell,” Yzerman said.

“You don’t have a true, true handle on some of these prospects, and some might be a lot better than we really got to see.” #LGRW— nolan bianchi (@nolanbianchi) July 29, 2021

“It’s hard to finish last, and when you finish last you’re not guaranteed the 1st overall pick.”

Yzerman continued by saying that they still could have some lottery luck in the future – would make a massive impact. #LGRW— Ryan Hana (@RyanHanaWWP) July 29, 2021

Yzerman asked if the rebuild can fully work without a No. 1 or 2 draft pick.

He mentions that Pietrangelo (4th-overall) was St. Louis’ highest draft pick when they won it all in 2019, then acknowledges Lucas Raymond. Notes, again, they don’t know who their superstars will be— nolan bianchi (@nolanbianchi) July 29, 2021

takeaways from YZERMAN #RedWings emphasizing defensive performance as priority, rebuilding

top free agents not coming (yet!) given current circumstances

seider veleno raymond competing for jobs, MUST qualify for significant role in #Detroit or @griffinshockey to start— gregg krupa (@greggkrupa) July 29, 2021

on seider, yzerman said #RedWings have eight defensemen and he is either top six out of camp or it os @griffinshockey https://t.co/SIXYECU18K— gregg krupa (@greggkrupa) July 29, 2021

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