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Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman pleased with return haul on trades for Athanasiou, Green

Detroit Red Wings Executive VP and GM Steve Yzerman addresses the media about the trade deadline at Little Caesars Arena, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 The Detroit News

Detroit — With where the Red Wings are today in their rebuild, general manager Steve Yzerman basically couldn’t say no to what was on the table.

Yzerman made two deals before the Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline, trading forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Ryan Kuffner (playing in Grand Rapids) to Edmonton — and former Wings’ general manager Ken Holland — for forward Sam Gagner, and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.