The Red Wings are at a crossroad. After last nights heart breaking 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils and the unknown injury status of Pavel Datysuk and Darren Helm, it is time to decide if the team wants to do what it takes to make the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive year.
So what will it take?
Probably a trade.
The question is are the Red Wings willing to pay the high cost to make a trade in this very competitive trade market.
A trade for Vancouver center Ryan Kesler is probably out of the question. Reports have surfaced to today questioning whether or not the Canucks GM even has the authority to trade Ryan Kesler.
So now the latest buzz is surrounding David Legwand. According to Bob McKenzie of The Sporting News the Red Wings are among four teams vying for Legwand’s services.
NSH C David Legwand in play. PIT, DET, ANA, PIT all possible destinations. #Tradecentre
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 5, 2014
McKenzie later tweeted that the fourth team involved is the Florida Panthers. It really doesn’t matter who is involved because with all of that competition the price for Legwand, an unrestricted free agent in June, may be higher than the Red Wings are willing to pay.
The most likely scenario is that the Wings will walk away with nothing from this trade deadline. With the market as it is the prices are too high for the Wings to pay for a rental player like David Legwand.