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Red Wings acquire 2021 2nd round pick and Marc Staal from Rangers

The Red Wings are acquiring a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and defenseman Marc Staal in a trade with the New York Rangers. In return, the Red Wings are giving up future considerations:

The Red Wings have a glut of cap space to fill, so in this deal, they soak up a chunk of cap for the New York Rangers, and in return, the Rangers give up a future 2nd round draft pick. Detroit is a team in the thick of a rebuild, and Steve Yzerman is clearly in the mindset of acquiring as many draft picks as possible.  It’s still unclear what moves he’ll make in free agency, but it’s been a busy day for the Red Wings GM, earlier Saturday he signed Sam Ganger to a one-year contract extension and signed Turner Elson for another year.

Nick Cotsonika’s report providing a little context to the trade late Saturday night:

This plays a significant contrast with Max Bultan’s reporting, which signals that Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley will not return:

It’s not clear right now as I type this, but if I were a betting man, it’s possible that Staal suits up for the Red Wings this season. Whether you like it or not, they got a free draft pick out of it. Yzerman is clearly playing the long game with this move.

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