Fans across the National Hockey League have gotten used to it by now: the Detroit Red Wings are not expected to make the playoff run - once again - and will be looking to sell assets ahead of the trade deadline and focus on building a stronger, and hopefully much better future for the organization.
Their desire to sell is understandable and much needed to pursue the rebuild phase they seem to have adopted, however, how badly do they need to sell now?
The Athletic's Craig Custance has reported that an NHL source has revealed that the Red Wings have informed potential trade-deadline buyers that they’re ready to sell now. Not a few hours before the deadline on Feb. 26 - NOW.
"Even for a team that sold at the trade deadline last year, it’s a fairly significant change because now there appears to be more of a willingness to move players with term on their contracts if the right offer materializes," writes Custance.
There is no surprise to say that pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Mike Green is the obvious trade candidate, but Custance revealed there are others they could move.
"One astute commenter on the Green story pointed out that Vegas might be a match for Green, since Golden Knights GM George McPhee knows him well and he fits a need for the Golden Knights."
Both goalies Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard appear to be available, as the Wings did try to move Mrazek to Edmonton but the return at that time, believed to be a mid-round pick, wasn’t much. However, there seems to be a lack of goaltending needs around the league, but the Florida Panthers could be takers.
“The goalie market stinks,” said one Western Conference NHL GM on Wednesday. “The demand for them is so low.”
The Wings clearly want to get the market going - they are done wasting precious time. But with tight races for the playoffs, teams looking to potentially add might not be so eager to buy...
Window shopping is still what's taking place at the moment. Will the Wings be impatient?