Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman has made a couple of announcements that should come as no surprise, but announcements that will no doubt be very well received by the Red Wings fan base.
Saturday was a very busy day for Yzerman who announced a pair of contract signings on the day before pulling the trigger on a trade with the New York Rangers that brought in veteran defenseman Marc Staal and a second round draft pick for effectively nothing. Given all the happenings on the day for Yzerman it is understandable that his comments regarding two of his current roster members flew a little under the radar.
On top of the moves he made on the day Yzerman also confirmed there would be two moves he would not be making. The Wings general manager made it clear that he would not be bringing back two of his defensemen, those being veterans Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley for the 2020 - 2021 regular season. Both men were a product of the Ken Holland era in Detroit and both men were often the subject of criticism, this was especially true of Ericsson. There has long been a certain segment of the Red Wings fan base that has frankly despised Ericsson and I suspect that those fans will rejoice at the news that he will be a Red Wing no more.
Ericsson's most recent season was especially underwhelming with him playing just 18 games at the NHL level, recording no points and finishing with a plus minus rating of -12. He also played 10 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League where he picked up 2 assists and was a plus minus rating of +4 . Daley's time in Detroit wasn't all that great either and like Ericsson and many other Red Wings his most recent campaign was a disaster. Daley made 43 appearances for the Red Wings during the regular season picking up 7 assists and finishing the year with a plus minus rating of -22.
The trade with the Rangers yesterday made it clear that Yzerman intends to use his available cap space to acquire premium assets from cap-strapped teams, and re-signing veterans like Ericsson and Daley to the roster simply doesn't work under that scenario.