Sportsnet columnist Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown) made his annual trade grades for every NHL team, and he gave an overall mark of B to Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. He made a total of eight trades.
According to McIndoe, the best deal Holland made in 2017 was trading defenseman Brendan Smith to the New York Rangers for a third round pick in 2017 (Zachary Gallant) and a second round pick in 2018. Getting this much for a defenseman like Smith is certainly a really good deal. He got the maximum he could get for a player like him.
The worst deal would be to have traded forward Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for a third round pick (and the contract of Dylan MclLrath). The deal didn't work out for the Panthers, because they missed the playoffs, but the trade rumors around Vanek before the deal happened suggested that the Wings would get way more for him.
There's a deal that we still need time to evaluate, the one that sent Riley Sheahan to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Still, the Red Wings turned him into two draft picks, so it's kind of a good deal already.
What do you think, Wings fans? Are you happy with the trades your GM has done in 2017?