Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman adds second round pick, veteran defenseman Marc Staal – Detroit Free Press

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman acquired a veteran defenseman and second-round pick on Saturday.

Yzerman traded for Marc Staal and a draft pick in 2021 from the New York Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

Staal, 33, appeared in 52 games with the Rangers last season, recording two goals and nine assists. He had one goal in three playoff games.

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A 13-year NHL veteran, Staal is a former first-round pick (12th overall in 2005). He has one year left on a contract with a $.57 million cap hit.

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) skates against Detroit Red Wings center Christoffer Ehn (70) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Yzerman has focused on acquiring draft picks since being named manager of the Wings in April 2019. The Wings currently hold 20 draft picks combined over the next two NHL drafts.

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