With the recent surge of NHL defensemen vigorously sifting through available real estate in their new cities, perhaps the Detroit Red Wings can add to the mayhem with just five days left until the trade deadline.
The rebuilding Detroit Red Wings have been mute so far on the trade front with the deadline vastly approaching. There aren’t many bright spots on a 15-win team that many playoff-bound organizations desire.
Let’s be honest and call it how we see it; this is a dumpster fire of a roster Ken Holland left Steve Yzerman here in Detroit. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Yzerman wakes up in the morning, pours his cup of joe and wonders to himself, what the heck did I do? I understand Detroit is home, but going from a Stanley Cup contending team to this? It’s like driving a Porsche and willfully trading it in for a Tempo.
Recently the Edmonton Oilers, the franchise Ken Holland currently runs, has seen a rash of injuries. Although the team is expected to have super-star forward Connor McDavid back very soon, they’ve just been dealt a significant blow. The teams’ top defender, Oscar Klefbom, is expected to miss the next two-three weeks after suffering a shoulder injury.
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The Oilers have been in the center of a plethora of rumors of late. Are they buyers or sellers? It’s something Ken Holland needs to figure out in a hurry. The Oilers require a defender or two to help bolster their back-end, yet there have been rumblings defender Adam Larsson may be on his way to Toronto.
In recent days a plethora of defenders have been on the move. Brenden Dillon joins the Washington Capitals via the Sharks. Marco Scandella goes from Montreal to St.Louis, and finally, Dylan DeMelo joins Winnipeg from Ottawa. DeMelo’s return was a third-round pick, Dillon fetched a second and future conditional third, leaving Montreal to receive a second and future conditional fourth-round pick for Scandella’s services.
Now that the table has been set, it’s time for the Detroit Red Wings to eat. Yzerman is undoubtedly trying to field offers on anyone on the current roster at this point. I don’t believe anyone on a 15 win roster is ‘untouchable’ in trade talks. I do think Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha, Filip Hronek, Filip Zadina, and Moritz Seider are as ‘untouchable’ as anyone can be.
I don’t expect Ken Holland will have much interest in the likes of Trevor Daley, but Mike Green could be the piece Holland looks to add. We all know how much Holland thinks of Green, he’s an expiring contract and would be a pure rental for the Oilers.
Green is averaging 21:00 TOI of ice, that’s precisely what Edmonton needs to replace Klefbom. Understanding Green is on the back-end of his career; he still has some tread on his delicate tires. Perhaps Yzerman will be able to find a way to garner a second & future third-round pick for Green’s services and call it a day as he’s not a candidate to be resigned this summer.
Last evening Mike Green scored his 150th career goal, which also accounted for his 500th career point. Through 47 games this season, Green’s earned 3 goals, 7 assists, and 10 points. His Corsi For Percentage, which measures puck possession, is below average at 46.4%, but don’t forget the team he’s on.
Mike Green does have one of those famous Ken Holland no movement clauses attached to his contract. It’s a modified no-movement clause, which implies if requested, Green is to submit a 10-team no-trade list. If the Oilers don’t happen to be on that list, it’s a deal that could work and make some sense.