May 12, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Emerson Etem (65) moves the puck past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (28) during the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings Trade Rumors: Are Mikael Samuelsson And Carlo Colaiacovo On The Move?

With the NHL Draft coming up tomorrow, Sunday June 30th, and Free Agency approaching the Wings will be looking to dump salary and create roster space.

The two players at the top of the chopping block are Mikael Samuelsson and Carlo Colaiacovo.

Samuelsson was a non-factor for the Detroit Red Wings all season, even when he was healthy and Colaiacovo became expendable after the emergence of Brian Lashoff and the Danny DeKeyser acquisition.

Per Helene St. James, Holland will be looking to make trades at the Draft.

“I’m going to explore a trade or two,” Holland said Monday. “Maybe a two-for-one deal, maybe a three-for-one, or three-for-two.”

It looks as if Ken Holland is looking to make a package deal which would increase the Red Wings Cap Space and create room to re-sign players and bring in an outside talent. But there is an issue, the Red Wing gave Mikael Samuelssona No Trade Clause when they signed him last season, which means he would have to approve the deal if he was a part of it.

Colaiacovo on the other hand has no such restriction and can be traded at anytime to any team.

Why would any team want a beaten down 36 year old winger who cannot hit the net to save his life or a defenseman who cannot stay healthy?

Despite Samuelsson’s faults; he works hard, he shoots the puck often, and he can be a veteran leader in a young locker room. As for Colaiacovo, he has all of the tools to be a top four defenseman and if he remains healthy for a full season, I know it is doubtful, he can really upgrade a team’s defense.

If the Red Wings are able to move one or both of them, they will likely not bring back a huge return, but I doubt that is what Holland is looking for. Holland should be looking to create cap space, add a draft pick or two, or bring in a prospect/player who will be bought out.

What do you think the Red Wings should do with Samuelsson and Colaiacovo, buy them out or try and trade them?


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