Monday, March 2, 2009

The Trade Deadline Approacheth

So the trade deadline is less than two days away and once again it doesn't look like the Wings need to make any moves. This is a good and bad thing. The good news is that we are able to build such a successful team through the draft and free agency and just players that have stayed for so long (ie Maltby, Draper, Lidstrom, etc.) The bad news is we could miss out on some good chances for players that will be UFAs at season end.

Ken Holland is probably the best GM in the NHL and possibly in all of sports. That's why he was able to bring Brad Stuart in last year for 2 draft picks. Stuart was a big part of the Wings Cup win last June. So the question of who is the next to come to Hockeytown? Will the Wings even make a move for a player down the stretch? Here's what Holland had to say about it:
"I've had some teams call," Holland told The News. "We don't have a lot of cap space, if any, really. Most trades we're going to look at would have to be cap dollar in, cap dollar out."
If you ask me, I don't think anyone needs to be brought in. It makes sense too. We don't have a lot of cap space and if we want to be able to resign Hossa and/or Franzen in the offseason, it would be beneficial to keep things the way they are.

There've been speculations that Holland would add Ian Laperierre from the Avalanche. I know Laperierre brings some physicality to the line-up but we already have some guys that can do that (Kopecky, Maltby, Draper) and DMc is back with the Griffins making rehab starts. I just don't like the fact that we'd most likely be giving up some of our young talent in turn for Laperierre. There've also been some reports of the Wings being interested in Kari Lehtonen, the Thrashers goalie, but most of that has seemed to die down.

The move I would like to see be made? Reel in Backstrom from the Wild. I know this wouldn't happen, considering he's a free agent at the end of the year and we'd be getting rid of either Ozzie or Conklin but Backstrom is playing pretty good right now, and that's a big understatement.

In the end, don't expect too much from the Wings. But then again Holland could show his genius.

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