With only a few teams eliminated from the play-offs this season there are not as many teams willing to sell off big pieces of their franchise. This will make the prices sky-rocket for the available players. Unless you play for the Calgary Flames, which is the exception to the rule.
The Detroit Red Wings front office will not overpay in a trade and Ken Holland has said that the Wings are not looking for a rental or depth players, which leaves very few options on the table.
“If we can do a legitimate trade to acquire a player that we think is a legitimate top-nine or a top-six forward, or a legitimate top-four defenseman, then we’re going to look,” said Ken Holland.
Players like Jason Pominville, Drew Stafford, and Tomas Fleischmann could be their only options to bring in to fill that top six role and have at least another year on their contract. On defense Keith Yandle is the only defenseman that fits into that category after the Jay Bouwmeester trade, but the Coyotes will want #1 defenseman value for him and he is not a #1 defenseman.
Detroit is in a position that they not make any moves before the trade deadline this season.They are currently in the play-offs and that is without Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm, Mikael Samuelsson, and Carlo Colaiacovo playing very much this season. As the season goes on the Wings will continue to get healthy and do not have to bring in a player when a current Wing can play there.
They now have Colaiacovo back on the blue line which gives them a lot of depth at that position, which is always a good thing to have when heading into the play-offs. Bertuzzi and Helm may not be back before the playoffs, but both could spark the Red Wings when they return to the line-up and while Samuelsson has not be very important to the Red Wings, he provides a big body that he can throw around and he likes to shoot the puck.
As for additions, the front office has already brought in Danny DeKesyer to help solidify the Wings’ defensive depth and while, he will not be the saving grace this season he will be an important part of the Red Wings moving forward. On offense the Red Wings have a lot of depth in Grand Rapids which could step up to the NHL at any time. Gustav Nyquist has become more comfortable in Detroit and had a very good game last night and when Tomas Tatar was in Detroit earlier in the season he played well.
Fans want Holland to make that big trade to bring in a superstar player, but that could be counter productive to the Red Wings future. Ken Holland is not willing to sacrifice the future for the present, which is a very smart move seeing as this team is not a Stanley Cup contender.