Jan 20, 2012; London, ON, Canada; London Knights defenseman Jarred Tinordi (24) in action against the Owen Sound Attack at the John Labatt Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Yes Wings Should Consider Trading Datsyuk… But Try Franzen First

Jan 7, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Detroit Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen (93) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Definitely. Trade Pavel Datsyuk if the right deal comes along.

In recent weeks the debate of whether or not to ship Datsyuk out of town is an issue that has been raised on more than one occasion.  Not up for debate is the question of who the best player on the Red Wings is; Datsyuk is indisputably the most valuable asset on the team.  Datsyuk’s offensive zone prowess combined with his defensive puck plundering skills separates him from every other player in the league.  In Datsyuk the Red Wings have the most complete hockey player on the planet. Nevertheless, when considering the state of the Red Wings’ defense and the fact that Datsyuk isn’t getting any younger at 34 years of age, this might be the perfect time for Ken Holland to pull the trigger on a blockbuster move.

Without being too melodramatic the Wings have reached the crossroads.  The current team as we sit today has a less than favourable chance of winning the Stanley Cup. Detroit wasn’t good enough to get out of the first round last season and that was with Nicklas Lidstrom.  If the Wings had actually landed Ryan Suter this past summer he still would have been a downgrade from Lidstrom.  So, where does that leave Carlo Colaiacovo? On paper it’s not a stretch to say that Detroit might have the weakest blueline in the Western Conference.

Moving Datsyuk would fetch the Red Wings a huge return.  For any team challenging for the Stanley Cup Datsyuk would transform them from challengers to frontrunners in a hurry.  But, the big question is what team(s) would have the pieces to entice the Wings enough to make a deal for Datsyuk?

Potential Suitors:

New York Rangers

March 1, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi (6) against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

  1. They have a huge crop of quality defenseman in their system
  2. N.Y. has the money and they aren’t afraid to spend
  3. Rangers are in the Eastern Conference and the Wings would likely prefer to trade Datsyuk to a team they don’t have to play on a regular basis

Trade Bait: D Ryan McDonagh, D Michael Del Zotto, D Dan Girardi, D Marc Staal, F Chris Krieder

Why It’s Problematic: N.Y. has too much money and would have to do some serious restructuring to make room for Datsyuk’s large salary.

Possible Trade(s): Datsyuk for Girardi, Kreider, and draft pick OR Datsyuk for McDonagh, Kreider, draft pick

Montreal Canadiens

  1. Like the Rangers the Canadiens have a deep talent pool that would interest the Wings
  2. Montreal is an Eastern Conference team with a history of acquiring or showing interest in talented European players (Kovalev comes to mind)
  3. Rabid fan base eager for the organization to make a bold statement indicating they are dedicated to restoring Les Habs back to former glory

Trade Bait: D Jarred Tinordi, D P.K. Subban, F Max Pacioretty, F Lars Eller, F  Alex Galchenyuk

Why It’s Problematic: Habs have the talent, but might not be willing to part with it.

Possible Trade(s): Datsyuk for Tinordi and Pacioretty OR Datsyuk, Xavier Ouellet, draft pick for Galchenyuk and Subban

With that being said, Johan Franzen is another valuable commodity in Detroit’s possession.  At 32 years old, the 6’3 and 223lbs Franzen is coming off a solid regular season where he scored 29 goals and added 27 assists.  On any given night Franzen can be the most dominating force on the ice.  In the Wings 2008 Stanley Cup run Franzen was nearly unstoppable and led the Wings with 13 playoff goals.  Franzen would certainly generate a lot of interest from teams around the league.  Although he takes too many nights off with his Houdini routine and might not net the Wings as big of a return as Datsyuk could, Franzen would still warrant some serious talent coming Detroit’s direction.

Yes the Wings should consider trading Datsyuk, but not before exhausting all possible Franzen trade options first.


Tags: Alex Galchenyuk Chris Kreider Dan Girardi Detroit Red Wings Jarred Tinordi Johan Franzen Ken Holland Lars Eller Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto Montreal Canadiens New York Rangers P.K. Subban Pavel Datsyuk

  • JJfromKansas

    Good analysis. It’s always so tough to do because it’s a huge emotional consideration. I also think the Penguins would be a possible suitor. I know they have two fantastic centers already, but they also have something the Wings need a lot more of: Defensive prospects. I’m just trying not to choke on the bile that rises when I consider Holland actually pulling the trigger on a deal that would make Datsyuk a Penguin though. Screw objectivity.

    - J.J.

    • Darknut

      It would require a deal something along the lines of Crosby and Letang for Datsyuk. in the end, fans of both sides would be horribly upset, wed end up getting the short end of the stick…

      maybe Malkin Crosby and Letang? Thats almost a somewhat fair trade, but there would be riots. East vs West civil war instead of North vs. South

  • Jordan Hoy

    Appreciate the feedback… thanks! I considered the Pens as well but I’m not sure I could stomach a trade with them. Would be too painful to watch Dats on a line with Sid. You’re right though they do have some nice prospects. Guess I would be more accepting of a Datsyuk trade to the Canadiens since I now live in Montreal! Cheers.

  • FFS.

    Get ready to mod this.
    That is the dumbest idea I have ever heard.
    You are awarded no points and may god have mercy on your soul.
    Start the season so this dribble will dry up.
    Lidstrom was not the whole team, everything is not chaos and hellfire.
    Just a few bandwagon fans who are bored and don’t click the “X” before they click “post”.

  • p4

    i stopped reading this as soon as i got to the headline

  • Rangers fan in LA

    Kreider and McDonagh? For Datsyuk? Is this your first foray into Hockey writing?

    • Jordan Hoy

      don’t forget the draft pick my man.

    • darknut

      Even worse was Galchenyuk and Subban for Datsyuk… WOW. Since when does Mtl have the talent to trade for Datsyuk? Pfft.
      The Rangers do, but seriously, it would require a trade with the sound more like the Sedin twins, Schneider and Bieksa to start thinking about pulling off that trade.

  • chadd

    You have no idea what you’re talking about. Trade Datsyuk? Yeah right. Go crawl back into a cave

  • Dan

    Franzen can be aggravating for periods of time with his laziness but you don’t trade a guy like him making around 4M and scoring upwards of 30 goals a year, 50-60 points. You can’t replace that for the price. Look how many guys are getting paid 5-7M scoring the same amount or less! He is a good 2nd line forward for the price. Alot of other teams are paying more and getting less performance from his position.
    Besides, do you sacrifice scoring for PK Subban who can be just as invisible for stretches of games? Or for a potential prospect and a decent D-Man (NYR)? Everyone complains we have too little scoring power already. You can’t trade away what scoring we have. Then we are loosing games one to nothing instead of winning 4-3.
    Besides if you want instant impact, you need to trade prospects and picks to build the team. You don’t tear down the fixtures of the team and replace them with maybe’s who may or may not pan out

  • ThatGuy

    LMAO this is absurd. I stopped reading when he said Datsyuk for Girardi and kreider. Don’t ever write about redwings hockey again please. I understand you have to entertain an offer if it came but Kreider/Girardi aren’t worth Datsyuk’s skates.