The Detroit Red Wings have had an exceptional offseason, and General Manager Steve Yzerman has indicated that they are not done yet.
Since 2019 when the Detroit Red Wings announced that Steve Yzerman would return to this organization, the fanbase has tuned back in and “bought-in” to the Yzerplan. While the 2019-20 season was historically bad and hard to watch all around, the 2020-21 season should show major improvement.
As mentioned, the first season with Yzerman at the organization’s helm was not ideal, but he has segued that into his second offseason. The offseason itself has been quite exciting, seeing the Red Wings make a lot of the right moves.
From the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, a trade to add Marc Staal, or a flurry of signings early on in the offseason, Yzerman has made it clear that the 2020-21 Red Wings are going to be in a much different spot than the 2019-20 Red Wings.
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The recent comments from Yzerman make it seem like his offseason is not done after he claimed the organization has a lot of work to do this offseason on an NHL Network interview.
This should not be too surprising as the Red Wings have the cap space to make it happen.
According to CapFriendly, the Red Wings have 22 players on the roster for the 2020-21 season with 45 total standard contracts.
The Red Wings currently are projected to have a $71,961,389 cap hit for the 2020-21 season.
For the mathematicians out there, the upper limit is $81.5 million, which would leave the Red Wings with $9,538,611 of cap space for the upcoming season.
While the Red Wings do not really need to go out and spend more, it gives Yzerman flexibility to make more moves if he feels the need.
As Yzerman indicated, the Red Wings are not done; they could easily take on the contract of another player like Marc Staal and eat some cap space. This would allow Yzerman to make deals with sweeteners that severely benefit the Red Wings organization.
For the Red Wings, things will change big time in 2020-21, and Yzerman’s abilities as general manager of this organization are what have helped him be successful. So, the offseason may not be over, and a timeline for the 2020-21 season has not been released, but Yzerman is not done.
It is not crazy to expect the Red Wings to make another move before the organization returns to the ice once again. The organization has already made several moves, but it would be stupid not to capitalize on it with the advantageous position they are currently in.
For Steve Yzerman, his opportunity to keep furthering the Detroit Red Wings rebuild continues with this offseason. Fans, just sit back and enjoy the Yzerplan as it unfolds.