Red Wings linked to Linus Ullmark

Are we getting mixed signals from Steve Yzerman?



It seemed as though the Detroit Red Wings weren't going to be serious players in the goaltending market this offseason as evidenced by words from general manager Steve Yzerman last week. However, as we know, professional general managers aren't always going to reveal their plans in public. 

“We will look at the goalie market and if something makes sense for us to do that we think improves us, whether that be via trade or free agency, we’re not opposed to doing that,” Yzerman stated. “I know we have two (goalies), but I think we, I do know we need to every year try to see if we can improve our team.

“But having said that, I don’t anticipate using prime assets, whatever you would consider those to be, to really go out and acquire an older goaltender that might not be here in two, three, four years from now.”

But new information indicates that the Red Wings actually could be zeroing in on a new goaltender for the 2024-25 season. According to a report from The Ottawa Citizen, the Red Wings are one of several teams reported to be interested in Boston Bruins net minder Linus Ullmark, along with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights. 

Reporter Bruce Garrioch wrote the following in a piece published earlier today: 

"The club has turned its attention to Ullmark because the Senators have been chasing him since the trade deadline last March. He has one year left at $5 million and has a $1-million bonus due on July 1 so the Bruins would like to deal him before they have to cut the 30-year-old a cheque.

The Vegas Golden Knights and Detroit Red Wings are reportedly also involved in talks to acquire Ullmark."

Ullmark has one season remaining on his current deal that carries an AAV of $5 million.

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