Steve Yzerman might be looking to sacrifice some forwards to acquire a young defenceman on the market


  • Steve Yzerman knows it.
  • If he wants build a winning competitive team, he’s gonna have to start with the foundation.
  • Right now this team has been relying on Mike Green and Niklas Kronwall as 1st and second defenseman.
  • Not  the youngest pair of defenseman you want to build on.
  • Few players are generating as much buzz at the current world championships than Anthony Mantha.
  • That could certainly value up his trade value on the Market.
  • A player like Athanasiou could also would be a meaningful return.
  • To make a pure, true player-for-player hockey trade, the Wings don’t have many options.
  • There aren’t many assets that are going to entice another team to give up a talented player, likely the defenseman the Wings need.
  • It wouldn’t be the first time Yzerman would sacrifice a young prospect forward for a Top 4 D.
  • Back in 2017, when Yzerman was still working as the Tampa Bay Lightning GM, he agreed on a Blockbuster deal with the Montreal Canadiens to make the acquisition of young defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.
  • Yzerman then sacrificed Jonathan Drouin who was drafted 3rd overall by the Lightning back in 2013


Defense is so important in this game now. Having those young puck-moving defensemen in a league that’s such a speed league now, for me, that’s really job one to rebuild and remake that defense. We’ll see where it goes.

NHL Reporter E.J. Hradek

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