Since the beginning of the season, after they were finally able to bring him back into their roster, the Detroit Red Wings have claimed that young forward Andreas Athanasiou will not be used as a trade bait to get an interesting return to build a stronger future in Hockey Town.
In a recent mailbag, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press was asked who on the Wings roster should be considered untouchable ahead of the trade deadline, and the reporter strongly believed that forwards Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Athanasiou were key pieces for Detroit that they cannot afford to part with.
However, in his latest 31 Thoughts on Sportsnet, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman hinted at a possible deal for the 23-year-old forward, as the Carolina Hurricanes might have the perfect pitch from GM Ken Holland.
"Trade that might make sense only to me: something around Justin Faulk from Carolina to Detroit for Andreas Athanasiou."
Is it a trade that only makes sense to Friedman? Trade chatter has recently hinted at the Red Wings possibly moving one of their netminders, either Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek, so a boost on the back end might be needed to secure a change in goaltending.
They are also looking to shed some salary and focus on young players, and 25-year-old Faulk could fit in the club's philosophy. He is a young leader, and could fill a hole left by the possible departure of veteran Mike Green, who has been on the trade block since the start of the season. Holland could enjoy a nice bidding war for Green’s services, but be prepared to boost the back end with Faulk.
Do you think Holland should pull the trigger?