National Hockey League

Red Wings not done adding players yet, GM Steve Yzerman says

Detroit — The Red Wings jumped into the free-agent market Friday and signed forward Bobby Ryan and defenseman Jon Merrill .

Wings GM Steve Yzerman(Photo: David Guralnick, Detroit News)

One reason for short-term deals is that the Red Wings have a load of prospects on the way, and they'll need spots in the lineup for them.

Ryan is a right-hand shot, which the Wings lack, and is motivated to reverse the course of his career after being bought out by Ottawa this summer.

"He wanted to make sure he was going to an environment where the young guys were motivated and they cared and had pride," Yzerman said.

Merrill, from Grand Blanc, is viewed as a reliable left-shot defenseman who can play in a variety of roles and add quality depth to the Wings' defense.

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