Friday, March 3rd
The morning started with another Detroit Red Wings trade. Yet again, it was Yzerman getting something for nothing. The Red Wings traded forward Jakub Vrana to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2025 seventh-round draft pick and AHL centerman Dylan McLaughlin.
As part of this trade, the Red Wings will also retain 50% of Vrana’s remaining salary. It was time for the two parties to move on, as Yzerman phrased it, and he ultimately was going to pursue a buyout this summer, so he was able to get something out of it by moving him with his trading buddy in St. Louis, Doug Armstrong.
Later in the day, things started to get chaotic as the team had two trades in the works as things started to come down to the final moments. The Red Wings were set to acquire James Van Riemsdyk at the same time that they were engaging in a trade of Oskar Sundqvist to the Minnesota Wild.
However, the only trade that became official was Sundqvist being sent to the Wild. The Red Wings traded Sundqvist to the Wild for a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. This essentially negates the fourth-rounder sent to Vancouver in the Hronek deal.
On top of that, the Red Wings added Alex Chiasson on a pro-rated one-year contract. He will have to clear waivers to join the team but is slated to join Detroit as a depth addition. This move was announced shortly after the deadline had passed.