With just about two weeks left until the NHL’s February 26th trade deadline, all eyes are on Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland.
With the Wings on the outside of the Stanley Cup Playoff picture looking in, it’s expected that Holland will use the deadline to make a few trades and acquire future assets for his rebuilding team. At the top of his trade list is veteran defenseman Mike Green. The 32-year-old blue liner is a pending unrestricted free-agent, making him a perfect rental player for a contending team. It’s expected that he’ll be a major trade chip for Holland and the Wings over the next two weeks. But according to a report from Sportsnets analyst and NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, Green won’t be the only Wings defenseman sent packing. Friedman reports that the Wings are also trying to find a trade partner for 24-year-old defenseman Xavier Ouellet.
All of the Detroit defence focus is on Mike Green, but, quietly, the Red Wings are trying to give Xavier Ouellet a fresh start somewhere else.
The French-born Canadian has played 35 games for the Wings this year, going goalless and adding four assists. He played his first full season with the Wings just last year, scoring three goals and 12 points in 66 games. The former 2nd round pick (48th overall) is unlikely to land a huge return on the trade market, but with so much turnover in Detroit these days, it might be start to give the young defender a fresh start elsewhere.