Were the Detroit Red Wings indeed players in the Bo Horvat sweepstakes? There’s every evidence to suggest that at the very least, the team did make enquiries regarding the Vancouver center.
However, whether or not the Wings were still players as the deal went down on Monday, the price the New York Islanders paid wouldn’t have been one that Detroit GM Steve Yzerman would’ve felt comfortable paying.
The Islanders ended up shipping forward Anthony Beauvillier, top center prospect Aatu Raty and a 2023 first-round draft pick to the Canucks in the trade for Horvat. Horvat will be a UFA at season’s end. That’s a steep price to pay for a potential rental.
$6.45 9M in cap space right now.
And yes, this included Bo Horvat being on the roster.
— Stefen Rosner (@stefen_rosner) January 31, 2023
One that Yzerman was unlikely to spend. By comparison, putting this deal into Red Wings terms, along with the first-round they might’ve had to package forward Oskar Sundqvist and center prospect Marco Kasper.
Listening to what Yzerman said about his rebuilding blueprint earlier this season, that’s not a move that would be one he’d seek to engineer.
“My intention at this time is to hold on to our draft picks and continue to draft well, or try to draft well, and just be patient with these young guys and let them work their way into becoming NHLers,” Yzerman said.
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Vegas: Chandler Stephenson of the Vegas Golden Knights is heading to the NHL All-Star Game after being a last-minute addition in place of injured Seattle Kraken forward Matty Beniers.
Calgary: As the NHL All-Star break is looming, the Calgary Flames remain a confusing conundrum.
Colorado: Assessing the Colorado Avalanche at the midway mark of the NHL season.
San Jose: Much like the Horvat deal, the San Jose Sharks are seeking a first-round draft pick, top prospect and established NHLer in any trade for Timo Meier.
Washington: Should the Washington Capitals be following the example of the Islanders and set out to make a blockbuster trade?
Philadelphia: Zach MacEwen, tough guy for the Philadelphia Flyers, is out five weeks after breaking his jaw in a fight.
Florida: Forward Anton Levtschi and the Florida Panthers are parting ways, less than a season into his North American debut.
Montreal: How might the health of Montreal Canadiens center Sean Monahan impact his NHL trade value?
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Hockey Now Hall of Fame writer Dave Molinari asks whether the Pittsburgh Penguins are tuning out coach Mike Sullivan.
Boston: According to NHL sources, the Boston Bruins are shopping the NHL trade market for a left defenseman.