A few names have been mentioned here and there as the Detroit Red Wings are still fighting for a playoff spot as the trade deadline grows near. Veteran defenseman Mike Green has found himself on the trade block for the most part of the season, but John Niyo of The Detroit News believes Red Wings general manager Ken Holland should be shopping several of the team's veterans, -not just Green.
While Green should be one sought-after rental player on the Red Wings roster leading up to the trade deadline, Niyo suggests that Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tervor Daley and Jimmy Howard should also be placed on the trade block by Holland.
With some many players on the block, Detroit is set to stockpile draft picks and prospects to build a stronger future.
"The Red Wings currently own nine picks in this year’s draft, including five in the first three rounds, and 17 selections in 2018 and ’19 combined. But they’d like to add more future assets — they need to add more — and they almost assuredly will in the coming weeks. Detroit looks to be one of at least a handful of likely sellers, joining lottery-bound teams like Buffalo, Ottawa, Arizona and Vancouver."
The Boston Bruins, Phialdelphia Flyers and New York Rangers are said to be on the market to bolster their back end.
Howard in New York or Chicago?
The list of contenders looking for a starting goaltender might be short for this year's deadline, but Niyo points to the Islanders and Blackhawks as two teams who could have interest in landing Howard in February.
The Hawks just received terrible news that star goalie Corey Crawford might be done for the season due to vertigo-like symptoms., while the Isles are hoping for a stronger duo in net as Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak can barely get the job done. Plus, it would be a nice proof to captain John Tavares that GM Garth Snow is serious about keeping him in town and that the Islanders are set to be long-term Cup contenders.
Howard owns a .914 save percentage and a 2.73 goals against average and could be a good option. The goalie is signed through next season at $5.3 million cap hit.
More options for a better future
Holland should explore shopping Daley and wingers Nyquist and Tatar for an even bigger load of options for the future.
"There are other possibilities Holland will need to explore, shopping defenseman Trevor Daley, who had another strong effort Tuesday, and maybe forwards Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar as well. But if the Red Wings are serious about restocking the shelves, they should cast an even wider net by starting in their own."
The three players would definitely bring more assets to Detroit - who could manage to once again become a true contender in seasons to come.
But as for now, all that we know is that time is ticking for the Red Wings - and many decisions will have to come sooner than later...