One Last Peek at Team Needs

The trade deadline is tomorrow! Every year I personally get so amped up for it. Just imagine; who goes where? For who? And for the love of Gordie Howe, the rumours! You can picture a player wearing your team's jersey and the impact they can have on a playoff run. And you can imagine what it would be like if one got booted out of town *cough* Ericsson *cough.*

The last few years, the Red Wings have not made too many moves. This is what happened at the deadline since their Cup winning run in 1997:

1997  Larry Murphy  Future Considerations
1998  Jamie Macoun  4th
1998  Dmitri Mironov  Jamie Pushor, 4th
1999  Ulf Samuelsson  2nd, 3rd
1999  Bill Ranford  Conditional Pick
1999  Chris Chelios  1st, 1st
1999  Wendel Clark, 6th  Kevin Hodson, 2nd
2002  Jiri Slegr  Yuri Butsayev, 3rd
2003  Mathieu Schneider  Avery, Kuznetsov, 1st
2007  Todd Bertuzzi  Shawn Matthias
2008  Brad Stuart  2nd, 4th
2009  Riley Armstrong  Andy Delmore
2009  Jordan Owens  Kris Newbury


A.K Bennett looked at the Detroit Red Wings forward and defence needs at the deadline and I made up a probability chart of players that might come to Detroit. That was a week ago, and things have changed. Here's a last minute look at what Ken Holland and company might be looking at tomorrow.


 Paul Gaustad - the Wings have made it known that they want a big body (from Mike Babcock) and Goose fits the bill (get it?). He won't cost that much and the Wings would be fortunate to grab him. He's an assistant captain on the Sabres and is full of grit.

 Samuel Pahlsson - Columbus should be entering fire sale zone shortly, and Pahlsson is a third liner that won a Cup with Anaheim in 2007. His stats are purely defensive, and isn't counted on as a scoring threat. Would only cost a pick or prospect to get him.

 Travis Moen - Same deal as Pahlsson right down to the Cup ring, except Montreal might not want to deal him before the deadline.

 Mike Knuble - the ex-Wing is old and a healthy scratch, not something Wings fans want to see. But, he is rugged and has a boatload of experience.

 Steve Ott - used to play across the waters in Windsor, and has a mean streak to him. He isn't a rental, and with Holland, he is always planning for the future. Dallas isn't pushing to get rid of Ott and it'll take a little bit of prying to get a move done.


The Wings will almost surely not be going after either, due to Kyle Quincey being picked up and Joey MacDonald rising into the backup job behind Jimmy Howard. With the injury to Jonathan Ericsson, there might be a move for a defenceman, but probably not.


The bottom line is that Holland will not move someone off of their playing roster, so eliminate all of those crazy rumours about Filppula and Hudler leaving. Detroit won't go after the likes of Rick Nash or Dustin Brown, but instead the buy low, win big scenarios. That being said, there are some players and prospects that can be moved, one of which is what I think a great call:

 Riley Sheahan - Sheahan has developed into a great two way forward for Notre Dame, but with players like Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar, Teemu Pulkkinen and Gustav Nyquist ahead of him on the depth chart, he could be a player that could be moved.

 Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul - Ouellet was mentioned in trade rumours this week before Quincey was brought on board. Both were second round picks last year and both are defencemen. Instead of giving up his second rounder in 2012, Holland could flip one of them for a depth forward.

 Jakub Kindl - File this under 'you never know.' Kindl isn't going to play that much once Ericsson gets back, regrettably, unless there's another injury or Ericsson craps the bed, which I put at very likely. Kindl is a future 2nd pair guy, so being around for the playoff run won't hurt. We don't want another Quincey moment now, do we?

 Petr Mrazek - if Detroit was going after a big fish, you can bet Mrazek would be involved. He was sensational in the World Juniors for the Czech Republic and is slowly climbing the Red Wings' depth chart. he could one day surpass Jimmy Howard as the number one goalie.

Other than that, expect some picks to be moved. We all know Holland likes his conditional draft picks involved and might spin a deal that way.

All in all, get ready for a fun deadline tomorrow. Detroit hasn't been active in a few years, but this is the year that they will be.

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Kyle Busch