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Wings name its trade untouchables

Is Ken Holland making a mistake?

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The Detroit Red Wings are still waiting a bit to see if they will go into full sell mode just yet, but one thing is quite sure; some players are not expected to be shipped out of Hockey Town. 

NHL insider Bob McKenzie was on TSN 1050 radio on Friday to talk about the Wings' situation and how they could be open for business after the holiday freeze. 

When they do [open for business], everything that’s not nailed down will go. Now, Dylan Larkin is nailed down. He’s not going anywhere. He’s a fixture on that team," McKenzie explained.

I don’t anticipate – it’s hard to know – we’ll get into the Henrik Zetterberg debate at some point, but with his contract and what have you and him being a seminal figure in Red Wing history, I don’t think that’s going to be something that necessarily happens. 

“I don’t think he wants to trade Anthony Mantha or Andreas Athanasiou because they’re young players and they’re good players, and they’re maybe not as good on some nights as you’d want them to be on a consistent basis, but they’re part of what they’re building there. 

“So then, after that, it’s pretty much wide open."

Larkin appears to be the definite untouchable, he who has tallied five goals and 24 points in 32 games this far this season. 

Mantha and Athanasiou are more inconsistent, but still manage to lead the way this season. Mantha has scored 12 goals, and 22 points in 32 games, while Athanasiou has five goals and 10 points in 22 contests.