Detroit Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley has recently requested a trade to be moved to a playoff contender. Daley had a modified no-trade clause that expired last season and has since made it evident that he wants a chance to win another championship.
The Detroit Red Wings need to move any player that they can at this year’s trade deadline, and Trevor Daley is lining up to be moved. Red Wings General Manager Steve Yzerman recently spoke to Daley about his request for a trade. Daley is in his sixteenth season in the National Hockey League, winning two championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the past.
In 2019-20, injuries had riddled his season and kept him out of a good chunk of games. Through twenty-six games, Daley has only four assists, with two of them coming in the recent game against the Minnesota Wild.
Daley is a minus-sixteen rating on the season, which is not ideal for a player who has only played in twenty-six games. The Red Wings are rotting in the last place in the league, so moving Daley for anything at all would be a win for the organization.
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A longtime veteran of the National Hockey League, Daley is a desirable locker room presence for a team who is looking to add. Logically, a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins could be interested in adding another defenseman, one that they have ties to from the past.
Daley can jump into a defense core with another chance to win a Stanley Cup Championship. The Penguins’ defense core is not the best but with veterans Kris Letang, Justin Schultz, Jack Johnson holding it down. Younger players like Marcus Pettersson and John Marino are having great campaigns, but adding Daley might provide them with some depth.
There are other teams who may be interested in Daley like the Carolina Hurricanes, who just lost Dougie Hamilton to a leg injury. The Toronto Maple Leafs who are in cap room hell right now are without Morgan Rielly, as well as Jake Muzzin, just now returning from injury. The Colorado Avalance who have rookie sensation Cale Makar spearheading their offense could also look to add Daley as a veteran play-making/passing defenseman to their back end to make a run for the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Championship.
Yzerman should simply take any offer he can get for Daley. A team who is making a run may want to add depth, Daley wants out, and there are a few (let me stress, A FEW) positives to Daley’s game that could be valuable. Hopefully, now that Daley has made it even more visible that he would like to be moved to a contender, Yzerman needs to jump on it.
Hopefully, Yzerman can work something out and move Daley before the deadline hits, and the organization gets nothing for him, and he walks in free agency this summer.