Detroit Red Wings: How early is too early for Bobby Ryan trade talks?

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The Detroit Red Wings’ best offseason addition has been Bobby Ryan, but how early is too early to start trade talks? It has been six games for the Red Wings, five of them for Ryan, but now, in fact, it is too early to start trade talks.

But, there will come a time when Ryan’s name starts to circulate. He has offered the Detroit Red Wings fanbase something to cheer for after making franchise history and being one of the best sources of offense this team has to offer as of late.

Ryan’s three goals in his first four games donning the winged-wheel uniform were worthy of franchise history. If he continues to put up points, he could be trade bait that Steve Yzerman uses to add draft capital for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

But the question truly is, how early is too early? The 2020-21 NHL trade deadline will be April 12th, so there is plenty of time for Ryan to put up numbers or for things to go poorly, and Ryan goes silent on the scoresheets.

When trade talks do heat up, the Detroit Red Wings need to salvage any draft capital they can for Bobby Ryan.

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Since Steve Yzerman came to the Detroit Red Wings, he has built up draft capital and been somewhat of a wizard with starting to build for the future in terms of prospect volume.

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft, day two, to be exact, was a prime example of this.

Draft capital, draft capital, and more draft capital has been the name of the game for Yzerman.

So, if Bobby Ryan keeps things up and draws interest, Yzerman needs to pull the trigger to continue building draft capital ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

So far, Ryan has played in five games; he has four goals and one assist for five total points. Six games into the season are early to mention trade talks, but when the teams do start showing interest, fans should be ready to lose Ryan. The one-year, $1 million investment that Yzerman made is likely to be moved if he keeps scoring at this pace.

The Red Wings are rebuilding (like all of the Detroit Sports teams), but trading any of their short-term assets for draft capital or prospects will only set them up better for the future. It may be a cliche, but the Yzer-plan is something to get behind, and trading Ryan is just another step of this plan.

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As the Detroit Red Wings season progresses, hopefully, Bobby Ryan continues to put up points and starts drawing trade interest, so when the time is right, Steve Yzerman can pull the trigger on a deal.