March 5, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (93) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Red Wings Get Keith Yandle?

Feb. 18, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle (3) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Calgary Flames at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Keith Yandle‘s name has been thrown around even before Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement after last season. And while the Detroit Red Wings’ defense has been better than most people expected it to be, it’s still far below the organization’s usual standards of perfection. Of course, that’s to be expected.

The defensive corps need improvement. And while a trade right at the deadline in the middle of a shortened season probably will not happen, let’s throw some scenarios out there for the fun of it.

According to Greg Wyshynski over at Puck Daddy, “The asking price is a top young offensive forward, a defensive prospect and a possibly first-round pick.”

That’s a pretty steep asking price.

I don’t believe Ken Holland wants to trade away a first round draft pick, no matter how lucky the team has been drafting in later rounds. If he could finagle his way to a second or third round pick, that would not be so bad. Edit: Pierre LeBrun just confirmed this fact when discussing Jay Bouwmeester:



As for a top young offensive forward, the names of Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen have been thrown around way too much when it comes to trade deals. Franzen still has seven years left on his contract, but the cap hit of just under $4 million for a player that should be able to hit sixty points per season is definitely a steal. Then again, 33 may not be as young as what Phoenix is looking for.

For Filppula, his 29 years and career season last year are a pretty good draw. He’s making an average of $3 million on his current deal, but the drawback with him (despite the lack of offense this season) is that his contract is up at the end of this season. Would he be willing to stay in Phoenix after the trade? Or would the ownership debacle send him packing before he ever really unpacked? Maybe if they offered him the right amount of money.

When it comes to the defensive prospect Phoenix apparently wants for Yandle, that is where it gets tricky. The Red Wings are overly protective of their prospects, scarily so. Even when it comes to playing them in games, it’s almost as though it’s all just a game of Russian Roulette.

They more than likely will not give up a player like Brian Lashoff with how well he has performed this season. The same goes for Brendan Smith, no matter how many rookie mistakes he makes. And giving up a prospect such as Adam Almqvist or Xavier Ouellet probably won’t happen, either.

Could the Red Wings offer someone like Jakub Kindl instead? He’s 26 and has a fair amount of NHL experience in him. Would that be enough to turn Phoenix away from poaching the Red Wings’ prospect base?

A trade for Yandle may not happen at the trade deadline, especially since they just picked up Dan DeKeyser and will have to decide who to send back down to Grand Rapids. But Red Wings fans can hope for something come free agency, right?

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