Detroit Red Wings fans are overjoyed with Steve Yzerman’s hiring as the team’s new general manager. At this point, he can do no wrong. It’s a love fest in Detroit. Fans are fully committed to whatever he feels is best
But here are moves fans would love to see Yzerman do immediately:
♦ Shed Justin Abdelkader’s contract: He has four seasons remaining at $4.25 million and his lack of production drives fans bonkers. He had six goals and 19 points last season. Over the past four seasons, he’s -61. He needs a change of scenery. Yzerman will need Harry Potter-like magic to make this contract disappear.
♦ Don’t re-sign Tomas Vanek: Leave more roster spots open next season for young players like Filip Zadina, Joe Valeno and maybe the player the Red Wings select with the No. 6 pick.
♦ Trade Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley: It’s time to live with Filip Hronek, Dennis Cholowski and Madison Bowey.
♦ Persuade a free agent to sign in Detroit: Anders Lee? Tyler Myers? Brock Nelson? These are all guys who are still young enough to be part of the rebuild.
♦ Bring over some of his Tampa Bay crew. Assistant GM Pat Verbeek? Director of Scouting Al Murray? Both men have impeccable credentials.
♦ Make a move no one expects: Detroit fans can’t wait to be wowed by Yzerman. It wouldn’t take much. Acquiring Colin Miller from Vegas. Make an old-school player for player deal. Entering the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes. Trading up at the draft. Making a strong bid to land Jacob Trouba.