May 31, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland shakes hands with Nicklas Lidstrom during a press conference announcing his retirement at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings Trade Rumors: Status Quo

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.

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  • Curt Wiebe

    I would love for either pominville or fleishmann. We need a 30 goal scorer on datsyuks wing. If we can get one of these guys we can have a very solid top 6 with them plus crazy depth when helm n Bert return. Lines like:
    Filpulla-Datsyuk-fleishmann or pominville
    Tootoo-Abdelkader- and whoever else here

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  • Brad

    Get rid of Cleary, not worth a dime anymore. Makes terrible decisions at critical points in games and just has no value to the wings organization.

  • thestormchaser

    Hurricanes could use a grinder like Cleary…they plenty of crappy, er … scrappy, grinders to trade for him.

  • eric saleh

    The wings are NOW talking about CURIS GLENCROSS Of the Calgary flames, and i think this would be a dumb move and Carless buy or trade! We need to forget about Calgary Flames ! The wings are better then that! It looks like the wings are being Cheap!! If the wings are going to make a move it needs to be JASON POMINVILLE! If its not that then the wings should just NOT make a trade or buy this deadline and just Focus on next Season. The wings needed a good forword to begain of this Season! We tried to buy top Forwards before the Season even started! We didnt get any! If we have the chance to get a really good Forward then redwings need to spend the money on the right one! Not a ok forward and a move just to shut up the red wings fan!! JASON POMINVILLE will be a good fit with Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk!

  • Powermetal

    Ken Holland is taking a page out of the Detroit Pistons playbook of hanging on to the past too long. How has that worked out for the Pistons? I’m afraid we Wings fans are in for some lean years. It’s a simple decision, this team is at a crossroads where they need to be buyers or sellers. Maintaining the status quo is simply unacceptable.and in my opinion a recipe for disaster.