Report: Forwards fate with Detroit Red Wings leaked by NHL reporter

Published February 24, 2024 at 6:23 PM

Report: Red Wings Forwards Future Revealed

As the NHL trade deadline nears, talk swirls about players with expiring contracts possibly being traded.

Among them is Detroit Red Wings' veteran forward David Perron, in the second year of his deal with the team.

While Perron could have been traded, the Red Wings' playoff push has made it less likely.

ESPN's Emily Kaplan suggests GM Steve Yzerman might extend Perron's contract, possibly before or around the March 8 deadline or in the offseason.

Kaplan mentions Yzerman's focus on the current season, aiming for playoff success after a strong start. Although trade talks about Perron emerged, they've quieted, hinting at a possible contract extension.

"Steve Yzerman is perhaps the most secretive general manager in the league. He won't even publicly (and for all I know privately) put a timeframe on the Red Wings' rebuild. However, in talking to sources around the league, it sounds like Yzerman is focused on making the playoffs this season, capitalizing on a strong first half.

Coach Derek Lalonde had told me what a gut punch it was for the players at this time last season when management decided yet again to collect for the future, trading away Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Hronek, Oskar Sundqvist and Jakub Vrana. I was surprised, then, a few weeks ago when I heard that David Perron, a pending UFA and an emotional leader in the locker room, was potentially on the move.

I do think there were legitimate discussions about trading Perron, but they have since quieted. In fact, I believe a contract extension for Perron could be in play either right before or after the March 8 deadline. If it doesn't get done, don't be surprised if they re-engage over the summer on a potential new contract in Detroit."

Perron brings offense, leadership, and mentoring to the team, with 12 goals and 16 assists in 50 games this season, including his 300th career goal in November.

Additionally, Yzerman is open to offers for defensemen, with Shayne Gostisbehere possibly on the radar.

"That said, Yzerman has been listening to offers on his defensemen," Kaplan stated.

Gostisbehere, known for his power play skills, is set to become a free agent this summer.
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Report: Forwards fate with Detroit Red Wings leaked by NHL reporter

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