Red Wings GM Makes Interesting Comment About Team's Chances

It didn't matter what was available this season, the Detroit Red Wings were not going to be buying. According to GM Steve Yzerman, there was no circumstance this season where the Red Wings were going to add. 

Yzerman spoke to the media following the trade deadline in what was a very weird day for the Wings. They were linked to a few big trades and apparently had an offer on the table for James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers which they quickly retracted.

I was not going to be a buyer under any circumstance. If I really thought that this group had a chance to make the playoffs, and ultimately, not just make them, but really go on a run, then maybe you keep your team together. Do I think we're a Stanley Cup contender this year? No. Did I think we had a chance to make the playoffs? Yes. And if I thought we were a Stanley Cup contender I would not have traded our unrestricted free agents.
Yzerman keeps it real, have to respect that. The Red Wings now own five picks in the opening two rounds of the 2023 draft and two first-rounders in 2024. Detroit now tries to back door their way into the Stanley Cup Playoff picture as they sit five points back of the New York Islanders, with three games in hand, however have to leap frog four teams in the process.

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