As the NHL trade deadline vastly approaches, Steve Yzerman has his work cut out for him if he wants to acquire future assets for the Detroit Red Wings organization.
I continue to wonder if the Detroit Red Wings General Manager Steve Yzerman has any second thoughts about leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning to return home where he has a city behind him through thick and thin. Let me tell you; this is thin.
The former Detroit Red Wings legend must have his days like the rest of us. Sometimes I wonder if he starts his morning, sipping a coffee scrolling on his phone looking at the team’s statistics, player stats, and just shake his head.
This is what he inherited from Ken Holland. Was this Holland’s vision of rebuilding on the fly? Remember that theory; the front office continued to spew out to us during all of those first-round playoff exits. Don’t forget, that was SUPPOSED to be our rebuild, according to the organization. We aren’t rebuilding; we are reloading on the fly. Yikes.
As the Detroit Red Wings remain in the basement of the league, actually let’s face it, they are locked in the cellar. It’s not going to get any better in the immediate future. It may get worse than this before it gets better.
You may think, how can it get worse than this? Well, if Steve Yzerman can flip a few players before Monday’s trade deadline, it’s going to be players that have some value. Again, another issue Yzerman has encountered in recent weeks. There doesn’t seem to be much buzz around anyone on the Wings team in regards to the trade deadline, at the moment anyway.
Detroit is so bad that the current playoff teams around the league don’t feel any of the Wings expiring contracts can help them in the postseason tournament, at least no one Detroit will be willing to trade.
I still have confidence that Steve Yzerman will get something done on the trade front, here are four players that still hold some value and the Detroit Red Wings will be willing to move.