Two players to buy, one prospect to sell for the Red Wings at the 2024 trade deadline

Now that the resurgent Red Wings are well in contention, they need to make at least one big trade to fix some problems before Friday’s trade deadline.

Apr 9, 2022; Boston, MA, USA; Denver Pioneers forward Carter Mazur (34) controls the puck in front
Apr 9, 2022; Boston, MA, USA; Denver Pioneers forward Carter Mazur (34) controls the puck in front / Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
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As strong contenders in 2024, the Detroit Red Wings need to look at not just any buying option, but strong ones that can help this team win in 2025 and beyond. And no, that is not a typo, because the Red Wings can afford more than just the typical rental piece, so why not ‘buy’ quality players they may realistically sign to extensions, especially with the amount of cap space they will have next year?

Sure, general manager Steve Yzerman would need to look ahead and consider extensions for players like Patrick Kane, Moritz Seider, and Daniel Sprong, among others. But even with those inevitable transactions eating up cap space, Yzerman should have plenty left over for the players listed in today’s article. 

Red Wings can solve multiple issues at the trade deadline by buying two players

Despite taking a shutout loss to the Florida Panthers over the weekend, it shouldn’t throw the high-octane Red Wings off-track, and they should be more than ready to roll now that we are officially in Trade Deadline Week. However, defense and goaltending continue to haunt Detroit, and as of March 3rd, they are 21st in the NHL with 195 goals allowed, and 3.2 per game. 

Their goaltending and defense are two variables they can and must change in a single deadline, considering their ample cap space, along with what they can spend at the deadline. So, which (rather expensive) players should Yzerman target at some point this week before the Friday deadline, and which prospect should be the top name he wouldn’t mind selling?

Yes, one of the players listed below will require Detroit to trade away at least one of their better prospects. However, there are a few on the “untouchable” list who shouldn’t go anywhere, so they won’t be listed below. But there is one up-and-comer who must be expendable.  

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