The Detroit Red Wings received defenseman Marc Staal and a 2021 second round pick from the New York Rangers on Saturday in return for future considerations.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 26, 2020
I love this deal. The Wings get a second-rounder to bail the Rangers out of cap trouble. As I tweeted earlier, Staal only having a year left on his deal is probably why the Wings “only” got a second rounder, but because his deal is expiring it’ll be easier to flip him for even more assets (not that I expect much of a haul there) at the next trade deadline.
The only problem as I see it is that this gives the Red Wings eight defensemen under contract right now who I would want (or otherwise expect) to see in the Detroit lineup on opening night. That’s Staal, Danny DeKeyser, Patrik Nemeth, Alex Beiga, Filip Hronek, Moritz Seider, Dennis Cholowski, and Gustav Lindstrom. Plus Madison Bowey as an unsigned restricted free agent.
That’s an easy fix, though. I’d like to see Lindstrom up but he could go back to GR (assuming the AHL is playing) easily, as could a returning Bowey. That’d give Detroit seven defensemen without their big-name kids getting buried.
Of course, that assumes Staal even stays on the Red Wings’ roster. They could buy him out and spread the smaller cap hit over two seasons. In that case, they’d have the space to do another deal like this.
Between the Staal and the Gagner and Elson deals, it’s been a busy day for Steve Yzerman.