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Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman: Trading for defenseman Marc Staal 'plugs a huge hole'

The Detroit Red Wings acquired defenseman Marc Staal and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

The 33-year-old Staal had two goals and 11 points and was plus-5 in 52 games during the regular season this year. He had one goal and was minus-4 in three games during the best-of-five, play-in round against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"The trade accomplishes a couple of things," Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said on a video conference call on Saturday night.

"As part of our rebuilding process, we're trying to add draft picks, prospects, young players and future assets to really help us down the line.