Red Wings Rumors: Detroit Trying to Make a Giant Splash this Summer

The Detroit Red Wings have quickly emerged as a team to watch this week as the 2024 NHL offseason is in full flight. General manager Steve Yzerman has been busy of late creating significant cap space for his hockey team, even if it meant throwing Jake Walman overboard along with a second-round pick.

While this move left many scratching their heads as the Red Wings have several other defensemen who people thought were better options to get rid of than Walman, Yzerman is still involved in a very active trade market in Vegas. And one free agent is standing out above the rest.

Tons of speculation is brewing that if Yzerman had a perfect day on Monday, July 1, it would include landing John Gibson from the Anaheim Ducks, signing Steven Stamkos to a multi-year deal and landing one of the many top-end free-agent defensemen that are available.

Yzerman has $32.7 million in cap space to work with. Gibson is making $6.4 million the next three seasons meanwhile Stamkos will come in around $7 million average annual value on his next deal. This won't be an issue for the Red Wings as they'd still have lots of money to work with to fill out their roster.

Good, simply isn't good enough anymore in Motown. Yzerman wants the team to take a giant step forward next season and it's already become obvious he'll finalize bold moves to make it happen.

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