The Detroit Red Wings have acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2021 NHL entry draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of a three-team deal. This deal initially sent defenseman David Savard to the Red Wings from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Savard was then traded to the Lightning in exchange for the draft pick.
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Brian Lashoff of the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins was sent to the Blue Jackets to complete this deal. Lashoff played in a career high 75 games for the Red Wings in the 2013-2014 season, scoring only one goal and adding five assists. Other than that Lashoff has spent the bulk of his career in the AHL. Receiving a fourth-round pick for this player is yet another example of General Manager Steve Yzerman being able to “weaponize” the Red Wing’s abundance of salary cap space.
Lashoff is in the final year of his contract and the Red Wings will reduce the amount of cash they have to pay for the fourth-round draft pick. This is because Tampa Bay will be taking on his contract. This is all while they will probably leave him in Grand Rapids as he would likely not be part of their future plans.
The NHL’s trade deadline is at 3:00 PM eastern on Monday afternoon. General Manager Steve Yzerman has already had an eventful trade deadline period in 2021. It was thought that Yzerman would be able to move Bobby Ryan at the deadline given that he was one of the leading scorers on the Red Wings. This was not to be as the team announced on Friday that he would be out the rest of the season with an “upper-body injury.” Ryan had scored seven goals and added seven assists in 33 games played this season. When asked why he came to Detroit after presumably having many offers in free agency, Ryan said simply “Steve Yzerman.”
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