The Detroit Red Wings were interested in bringing a minute-munching defeseman into the mix to help the team.
Ken Holland and the Red Wings were adamant about not trading away their first round pick next season or their young NHL players and they stuck to their guns, but at a cost.
The defense was the big concern heading into the deadline and if Ken Holland is looking to win games by one goal, I am not sure that this group is up to snuff.
Against the New Jersey Devils, the Red Wings were winning two to one and then the defense collapsed and the Devils were able to score three goals in the third period to win the game. The problem for Detroit is yesterdays collapse was not the first nor will it be the last time this happens to this group.
Jonathan Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall have been struggling next to each other lately and were split up for a short time against the Devils, Danny DeKeyser and Kyle Quincey have played well recently, and Brendan Smith and Brian Lashoff create a decent balance between offense and defense.
While that seems to paint a good picture for Detroit, this group is average at best. Brian Lashoff is a replaceable player, Brendan Smith has had a rough season, Jakub Kindl has been the Wings’ worst defenseman, and Jonathan Ericsson has missed a lot of time due to injuries.
We talked about the Red Wings possibly trading for either Andrew MacDonald or Christian Ehrhoff and Alexander Edler has been an option on the table since the off-season. MacDonald ended up being sent to Philly and both Ehrhoff and Edler stayed with their respective teams because the prices were too high for Detroit and the center position became a bigger priority.
It is a shame that the Detroit Red Wings were not able to improve themselves on defense this season, but the future for the team is bright. Prospects: Alexey Marchenko, Ryan Sproul, Adam Almqvist, and Xavier Ouellet could make the jump to the NHL next season.
The Front Office was able to acquire the centerman the team clearly needed with Weiss, Helm, Zetterberg, and Datsyuk out for the foreseeable future in David Legwand, but without the help on defense Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson will have to dominant in net.