The Detroit Red Wings have already been active ahead of the trade deadline, dealing their backup goalie Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers for two conditional draft picks on Monday night, which was great timing seeing that they had just lost their second netminder to injury in less than 10 days.
The Flyers sent a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2019 to Detroit.
However, you better expect the Wings to be way more active in the final five days prior to Feb. 26. Their biggest trade bait, pending free agent defenseman Mike Green, remains on the block, though he has recently revealed that he would move his no trade clause to join the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“We’ve had a talk,” said Green to the Detroit News, regarding discussion with management. Green has a no-trade clause, and can derail a proposed trade to a destination he doesn’t prefer.
“That’s between us, though,” Green said. “We’ll see what happens. As far as right now I’ll be here. I’ll work hard and make sure I contribute.
“Just play hard, work hard, and nothing changes.”
The Wings are also getting ready to part with veteran forwards, though they did not make any of them publicly available. However, Elliotte Friedman reveals in his latest 31 Thoughts column on Sportsnet, that either Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar could be on the move - but NOT both.
The Nashville Predators could be looking to land Tatar - which is the newest trade in chatter right now!
"At times, the Red Wings have shown an inclination to move Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar, but not both.
We’ll see where it goes, but while Nashville has shown interest in Tatar, there may be others who like Nyqvist better because he’s got one year remaining as opposed to Tatar’s two.
Nyquist controls more of his future at this time with a no-trade, while Tatar’s doesn’t kick in until July 1."
The 27-year-old Tatar, who carries a $5.3 million cap hit through the 2020-21 season, has tallied 15 goals in 58 games this year. The Preds faced the Wings last night, and NHL insider Darren Dreger also reported there was great interest for Tatar in Nashville.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland reiterated his desire to stockpile as many picks as possible before this year’s draft.
“Certainly this week is a big week for me in terms of working the phone lines, but if nothing’s there that makes real sense and all I’m doing is helping somebody else out and we’re getting what we don’t think is fair value for our players, we’ll go back to the summertime and we’ll start all over again,” Holland said to Detroit CBS Local. “There’s going to be more teams in the mix.”
“Instead of having eight or 10 teams in the mode to do business, you’re probably back to where there’s 30 teams in the mode to do business because everyone in June is looking to October. You bring teams into play in June that might not be in play today. We’ll see what goes on between now and Monday,” Holland added.
The Predators do have on hand right now all of their picks in the 2018 draft besides their second-rounder. It could be quite the obstacle for Nashville in trying to land Tatar, who is worth more than a third-rounder but might not be worth a first.