Wings Get a Bogey?

After finishing up my last article on Mike Modano, I stumbled upon another rumour and it certainly was intriguing.

Atlanta apparently is willing to deal just about anyone, including Zach Bogosian.

The rumour popped up today as Bob Duff tweeted that the Wings may have interest in acquiring the 3rd overall pick in the 2008 draft. Bogosian was draft after Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty by the Thrashers.

The interesting fact of the matter is that the asking price from Atlanta was Jiri Hudler, Jonathan Ericsson/Jakub Kindl and a 1st Round Pick.

I have no trouble dealing any of these assets. Bogosian himself was a first round pick, and as a Wings fan you have to be used to giving up picks in return for Cups. Hudler has been pretty non-existent this season, and Ericsson hasn't been the same since his appendectomy in the 2009 playoffs. The only guy I don't want leaving is Kindl, who is showing some promising upside on the 3rd pairing with Ruslan Salei.

Ken Holland was quoted as saying they have "no interest" in Bogosian, but the question is why? He is a 3rd overall pick that given the right situation could blossom into the defenceman he was projected to be. He was taken one spot after Doughty for crying out loud!

Honestly though, if I'm Holland I pull the trigger in a heartbeat. You lose Hudler's crappy contract of 2 million dollars and get rid of Ericsson, who doesn't hit anybody and has a Chara-like frame. He would probably sign elsewhere this offseason anyways.

The Thrashers would have to be nuts to do this, though. Bogosian is a franchise material player, he just needs the right guys around him. Hudler isn't the answer, as he would just go to the KHL rather than play in Atlanta. The only part of the deal that would be intriguing is the first round pick, as Forest Gump says, "you never know what you're gonna get."

If this deal were to happen, the Wings are setting themselves up nicely for a life without Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski. Having Bogosian and Kronwall as your top two defenceman doesn't sound bad, and losing Lidstrom and Rafalski clears a ton of cap space to potentially sign a big name defenceman in free agency.

Here's to hoping this actually happens. Who do you think wins the rumoured deal?

Kyle Busch


George Prax's picture

That honestly sounds like an incredible deal for the Wings. Even with Big Buff on their blueline, and the fact that Bogosian isn't having the best season, I don't know why the Thrashers would move him. But if they are, and that's the deal, I'd do that in a second if I were the Wings. Could have the potential next Lidstrom on your hands if developed properly.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

I would too, but even with Holland saying he isn't interested, I feel like he just doesn't want to say he's actively shopping some players around on his team. I don't think he wants to play around with anyone's mind, especially Hudler's. He has enough to think about already. Like how to score more. Love the idea of Bogosian coming here though.

Daniel_W's picture

"...and Ericsson hasn't been the same since his appendectomy in the 2009 playoffs."

An appendectomy is a minor surgery... I really don't think it would be a huge life changing event. When you spend time playing behind Lidstrom, Rafalski, Kronwall... you don't get the same minutes. It's like Jordan Staal, he's behind Crosby and Malkin on the depth chart, he'll never reach his full potential unless he's traded.

Maybe you're right, maybe he'll never develop into anything. But I just don't think it's fair to assume an appendectomy changed his game.

That being said, I agree with you guys... Would do that deal in a second.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

I see what you're saying Daniel. I guess I expect more from a big man like him. Although he was last overall pick in the draft, Ericsson is still an NHL player and has the tools to be a good player. I think he needs to be more physical. And given the choice, I'm taking Bogosian over him. That's just my opinion.

Daniel_W's picture

Oh don't get me wrong, i'm in no way claiming him to be better than Bogosian Tongue. I'm just saying... maybe he needs some time to pan out.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

Could be, but there comes a time where you have to move potential for potentially greater potential. If that makes sense then you know where I'm going with it. Bogosian has a greater upside, that's all.