5 Deals the Detroit Red Wings Must Consider at the Trade Deadline
5 Deals the Detroit Red Wings Must Consider
The NHL trade deadline – 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday – is rapidly approaching, and the Detroit Red Wings have to decide if they want to make a move that will push their roster from a bubble team to a true contender. The Red Wings are holding onto the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and have a handful of teams nipping at their heels. At jeopardy is a 22-season playoff appearance streak, and a strategic move could be just what the Wings need.
The recent loss of Henrik Zetterberg to a back injury and the ongoing knee trouble that is plaguing Pavel Datsyuk is just a small part of the injury troubles that have haunted Detroit this season. The Red Wings have been one of the most-injured teams, and it’s no doubt a large reason why they haven’t done as well as hoped.
Even though a rental player might seem like a good option, general manager Ken Holland has stated that he does not want to risk the future stability of the Wings for a short-term fix. Any player the Wings bring in at the deadline would likely be someone who fits into the roster for long-term. With very limited cap space and the high prices this trade deadline seems to be demanding, it seems unlikely that the Red Wings will make any move.
If the Red Wings do make a move, it would most likely be for a top four defenseman. Defensemen are in high demand, however, and most would be asking for more than Detroit is willing to give up. With that said, these are the top 5 deals that the Red Wings must consider.
5. Ryan Kesler
Rumors have been swirling for a while now that Ryan Kesler is available. Although Kesler himself has denied requesting a trade, his name is still a frequent part of trade talks. A Michigan native, Kesler might be willing to waive his no-trade clause to play in Detroit. Unfortunately, the Vancouver Canucks would want more than Holland would ever part with.
4. Alexander Edler
Another Canuck who might be available is Alexander Edler. The Red Wings could certainly use his skill on the blue line. Once again, it’s a matter of what Detroit would have to give up to acquire him. Chances are the answer to that question is “too much.”
3. Kyle Quincey
If anyone on the Red Wings' roster is moved, Kyle Quincey might be included in a deal. Since being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche, Quincey hasn’t lived up to expectations. Injuries to Jakub Kindl have lowered the likelihood that Quincey is moved, but it shouldn’t be ruled out.
2. Christian Ehrhoff
The Buffalo Sabres are definitely sellers, and Christian Ehrhoff would be a great addition to the Wings. He’s a legitimate top four defenseman and might come at a lower price than Edler, making him the better option for Detroit to pursue.
1. Hold onto Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco
Whatever happens at the deadline, the Red Wings do not want to sell off their future depth. Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco have both performed better than expected this season and would likely fetch a good return if the Red Wings wanted to move them. Such a move would be a big mistake, and fortunately it seems unlikely for Holland to pursue something like that.