3 blockbuster trade packages for Detroit Red Wings to land Bo Horvat

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Detroit Red Wings: Hypothetical trade offer number three for Bo Horvat.

Let’s take a look at the third and final trade offer I’ve created for Bo Horvat.

The Detroit Red Wings will be hard-pressed to find a trade partner willing to take on Jakub Vrana’s $5.25 million salary unless they retain a large portion of it or send draft capital or a prospect in the deal to entice a trading team to take the cap hit on.

The whole Vrana situation is a mystery, and it seems like his time in Detroit may be coming to a close. Again, Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now mentioned that before the shoulder injury in camp last season, doctors had suggested surgery in the previous offseason, but Vrana opted for rehabilitation. The injury followed just ten minutes into training camp, and that disappointed the organization. I could see this being the type of incident that would rub Yzerman the wrong way.

Earlier this season, Vrana entered the NHL/NHLPA’s Player Assistance Program and, since returning, cleared waivers and is currently playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins. It’s been an up-and-down stint with the Griffins that saw Vrana become a healthy scratch in back-to-back contests, but he’s since performed better of late. In ten games with the Griffins, Vrana has scored twice and totaled three points while skating to a minus -4 rating.

If the Detroit Red Wings are willing to retain 50% of Vrana’s salary, he will make for an interesting reclamation project for the Canucks. Vrana, 26, has totaled 98 goals and 189 points in 323 NHL games.

I am not ready to give up on Filip Zadina, but if he needs to be the cherry on top to secure the services of Bo Horvat, so be it. Zadina hasn’t lived up to expectations and, before being injured, continued to be snakebitten, and it seemed to get into his head. Zadina possesses so much potential, but it’s still unclear if he can put it all together.

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Perhaps Zadina will turn into the top-six-scoring winger many thought he’d be, but there is a chance he will become the next Evgeny Svechnikov.