CHANGES COMING FOR THE RED WINGS?
- Fluto Shinzawa reports outside sources believe the Detroit Red Wings will be a team with hand raised high for Torey Krug if the Boston Bruins defenseman tests next summer’s free-agent market.
- The Wings are Krug’s hometown team and he played for Wings coach Jeff Blashill in the USHL.
- They are also desperate for a power-play quarterback.
- NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire told TSN radio Ottawa not to be surprised if Yzerman attempts to shop 2018 first-round pick Filip Zadina.
- McGuire was critical of the young winger’s play without the puck.
- Zadina was drafted by former Wings GM Ken Holland.
- McGuire thinks it’s fair to say he shouldn’t have been selected as high as he was (sixth overall) in that draft.
- The Wings weren’t expected to be a playoff contender this season but it was hoped they’d show improvement.
- If these disheartening losses keep piling up, Yzerman could give Blashill the hook.
- Yzerman can’t be happy with what he’s seeing right now.
- Making a significant move to turn things around will be difficult at this point in the season.
- Rival GMs are likely more interested in young core players like Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Anthony Mantha than those carrying expensive or expiring contracts.
- Yzerman could get into the bidding for Krug if he hits the open market next summer. Krug, however, might not be keen to join a rebuilding club.
- He’ll draw plenty of interest around the league.
Sources & Credits: Fluto Shinzawa, Pierre McGuire, Spectors Hockey
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