Mar 4, 2023
Steve Yzerman's vision for the future of the Detroit Red Wings took some major steps this week, with the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline culminating in the trade of Tyler Bertuzzi, Jakub Vrana, and Oskar Sundqvist (after already trading Filip Hronek and signing Dylan Larkin & Jake Walman earlier in the week). The only thing that didn't happen was the James Van Riemsdyk trade - JVR, you'll be missed in Motown.
Tune in as we open by discussing the Tyler Bertuzzi trade to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a top-10 protected 2024 1st round pick & a 2025 4th round pick. We analyze the quality of the return, whether Bertuzzi was ever close to signing in Hockeytown before becoming a UFA, Dylan Larkin's emotional press conference right after the trade, Bertuzzi's impact in the room & on the ice, & more (4:20).
Next, the Jakub Vrana saga ended as Yzerman traded him to St. Louis for a 7th round pick and McLaughlin. We explain why the Red Wings chose to move on Vrana, the reasons the return was so small, and wish Vrana well in a hopefully fresh new start (20:55).
Finally, trading Oskar Sundqvist to the Minnesota Wild for a 4th round pick - the "Namestnikov Special" (26:12).
We then take stock of the Red Wings' draft capital over the next few years, and assess whether the Yzerplan is on track, if spending on players like Copp, Perron, Husso, & Maatta last season was a mistake, whether Yzerman will use or trade those picks for key players, honest analysis on where the rebuild stands, & LOTS more (28:20).
Finally, some quick notes on signings like Doucet & Letheman (Sebastian Cossa's teammate), Alex Nedeljkovic being recalled as Ville Husso was hurt, Yzerman's notes on Simon Edvinsson, Marco Kasper, Albert Johansson, Cross Hanas, Michael Rasmussen, Joe Veleno, Filip Zadina, & other young guns (54:15), Red Wings game recap & look ahead at the standings and Connor Bedard draft lottery (1:01:55), and a look at some more trades from across the NHL (1:07:35).
All of that & plenty more before taking your questions during Overtime (1:17:35) - enjoy!
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