The Detroit Red Wings suffered a tough 3-1 loss against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, which means they've let Bruce Cassidy's team climb up the Atlantic Division and take a 10-point lead. Do you want more bad news? Boston has one game in hand.
Does that mean the Wings are now officially out of the playoffs race?
Some believe this is the case, and that "the sell-off might not be far off." MLive's Ansar Khan is among them, and believes that general manager Ken Holland may start trading some of his best assets soon.
He mentioned on Saturday that he wouldn't be surprised to see 25-year-old goaltender Petr Mrazek go, even if the return wouldn't be meaningful:
"They will try to move Mrazek if they’re out of the playoff race, but I doubt they would receive anything higher than a third- or fourth-rounder for him. The Wings won’t qualify Mrazek at $4 million, so they will look to get a pick for him if they can. Moving Mrazek would be easier than Jimmy Howard who has a year left on his deal at $5.3 million."
Mrazek played in parts of 11 games this season. He has a record of 3-4-1, a goals against average of 3.64 and a save percentage of .892.
On the other hand, Howard recorded 10 wins, 10 losses and 6 overtime losses. His stats are definitely better than Mrazek's: 2.88 GAA and a SV% of .907.