The Detroit Red Wings may be looking to make a deal at the trade deadline but they are not desperate to do so. General Manager Ken Holland told Ansar Khan of MLive before the game in Montreal on Wednesday that the Wings are looking to upgrade but not at a high price.
What’s the expense of the rental?” Holland said. “When you’re one point up on the last playoff spot it’s hard to trade a top prospect or a first-round draft pick to rent a player. Holland said before Wednesday’s game against Montreal.
At the same time we’re always looking to upgrade. If there’s a hockey trade out there – I call a hockey trade a trade that affects your team going into next season – I’m obviously open to it. Those days in the late ’90s and early 2000s when you would trade one or two or three first-round picks to acquire players is hard to do when you’re in our position.”
With Henrik Zetterberg out for the season, one could assume that would be a forward but as Holland told Ansar Khan it is the defense would be their focus.
With the development of (Tomas) Jurco, (Gustav) Nyquist, (Tomas) Tatar, (Riley) Sheahan, — if you have a healthy (Johan) Franzen, (Pavel) Datsyuk, we expect to get (Stephen) Weiss back next week – we feel up front (they’re set).”
Holland’s would prove to be correct over the next couple of nights. On Wednesday night, Gustav Nyquist netted the game winner in overtime over playoff contender Montreal. On Thursday, Johan Franzen led the Red Wings bombardment of the Ottawa Senators with a hat trick.
If the Red Wings can keep up the scoring they could even climb into a better playoff position. Detroit has 68 points and are now just two behind Tampa Bay in the Atlantic division.