Top Three Detroit Trade Rumours
It's getting to that point during the season where you can tell if a team is for real or not.
For the Detroit Red Wings, they are currently looking like a team that will be in the playoff picture, but the question is whether or not they will make some noise or not, both in the big dance and on the trade market.
For a team overview, Detroit has clearly said they are looking for a championship because that is what Nicklas Lidstrom was promised when he re-signed with the Wings in the offseason, so a big move is not out of the question.
Unlike many Detroit fans, I think they do not need a defenceman. Names like Shea Weber and Ryan Suter have been thrown around, but what this team needs is a young goal scorer with some speed.
Detroit has over $6 million in cap space and might be in the market for a top line forward. There have certainly been a number of rumours around, so taking a look at them wouldn't hurt.
Pros: Wants to win a Stanley Cup, and most likely won't get there soon with New Jersey. He has only one year left on his contract and is a proven goal scorer
Cons: Injuries were a concern last year, and if Detroit indeed makes a move, they might lose him after the season ends to free agency.
Pros: Has played with big guns like Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, so being with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg isn't a huge change. Can put the puck in the net and has all the tools to be a complete player.
Cons: Not a complete player, has attitude issues and a lack of motivation. Can also walk after the season ends.
Pros: Leadership ability is unquestioned, plays for a bad Calgary team that might want to rebuild. Can score tons of goals and always seems to score at Joe Louis Arena.
Cons: Age is a factor, and Calgary has said they have no interest in trading him, somewhat expensive for his output ($7 million)..
These are the top three rumours I have heard about the Wings and their shopping for forwards. Some other players that have been rumoured to move but are unlikely to go to Detroit are Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan and Daniel Alfredsson. Of the three, Alfredsson might make the most sense because he is Swedish, but he is 39 and isn't the same player he used to be, Detroit needs a young guy, so Ryan and Nash would work, but I doubt Columbus wants to see Nash 8 times a year in a Wings uniform and the Ducks aren't exactly friendly with the Wings either. Plus it would cost an arm and a leg to get them.
Maybe I'm just really into the season, or it's the fact that Detroit will make some deals at the trade deadline. Who can wait until February?