Since this season is an Olympic year there are two trade deadlines. The first trade deadline is Friday, February 7th, and lasts until noon February 26th and the second deadline is March 5th.
While the Red Wings might try to make a move for a defenseman before the March 5th deadline, not making a move before the February 7th deadline is the best move for Detroit.
That does not even take into account that when Wiess returns to the line-up the Red Wing will have their back up against the Salary Cap ceiling once again. In order to make a trade the Red Wings will have to send a player or players of equal cap value to make the deal work.
Teams are not looking to add players like Mikael Samuelsson (NTC), Daniel Cleary (NTC), or Todd Bertuzzi (Modified NTC), but they are licking their chops watching Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, and Riley Sheahan.
Ted Kuflan with the Detroit News talked to Ken Holland about the deadline.
“I don’t envision us trading away players who could be part of our future,” general manager Ken Holland said. “Those are the players other teams will be asking about.”
Since Ken Holland does not envision trading any of the younger players and that there is not a lot of cap space, Internal Cap or NHL Cap, or roster space around the NHL, it severely limits what the Red Wings would be able to accomplish trade-wise.
By March 5th there could be a chance for the Detroit Red Wings to make a move, but as of the Feb. 7th deadline they should not.