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Trade Deadline Recap

Since I neglected to do my Week In Review post yesterday (good against San Jose, bad against Chicago, Vancouver, and Colorado), I’m going to try and provide some analysis and commentary on today’s Trade Deadline and how it relates to the Wings.  Difficulty:  I had to work until 4:00pm ET and the deadline was at 3:00pm ET.  Let’s dig around and see how the Wings roster looks now compared to when I started writing this post while my boss was in a meeting (10:45AM).

According to Mlive the Wings were not planning on adding any players on defense (even with Big E’s injury) and are looking for a 3rd or 4th line “gritty” type forward.  I always wanted the Wings to get Selanne, but he decided not to waive his no-trade-clause (NTC).  Ugh.  How dare he not want to leave his hometown and his family and his friends for a chance to play with Filppula and make it more likely I’ll get to see the Wings raise some shiny object in June.  SELANNE IS FINNISH FOR SELFISH.

Now that I got that out of my system, let’s get to what moves the Wings DID make:  Mike Commodore to Tampa Bay for a conditional 7th round pick.  I don’t know what the condition is here, but this was basically Yzerman doing Holland a favor.  The Wings were up against the 50 contract limit, so this helped move a body just in case there was a possible trade later.  But…there wasn’t.

Based on what the “buyers” had to pay for trades this year, I don’t blame Kenny and Company for not making any moves.  To acquire any scorer of value, it would have cost the Wings Brendan Smith at a minimum, since I read numerous teams asked about him.  Also something that makes me happy is that Gustav Nyquist (!!!!) is still a Red Wing, as is Tomas “THE SOUSE” Tatar.  The future looks pretty good with those three.  Smith has also been called up as Quincey is out tomorrow, so good to see him get some ice time.  Maybe I’ll do a write up on him?

So, that’s the Red Wings Trade Deadline recap.  I thought I’d have a lot more to talk about.  I was planning on analyzing any new players stats on offense, defense, ice time in all situations, etc.  Instead, I got home from work in time to eat my dinner and watch the TSN panel lose it from probably talking about nothing all day long.

You know the drill – yell at me on Twitter if you think I missed something or want me to research and talk about something else.


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