The Detroit Red Wings have made the NHL playoffs for the last two decades. That is the measurement of a very successful team. However, this year might end that historic streak.
The Red Wings currently hold the Eastern Conference’s second and final wild card spot. They are only three points above the Washington Capitals and there are three teams that are five points behind them. This has led to plenty of speculation that the Red Wings could be making a big trade. General Manager Ken Holland said this to ESPN.com on Thursday.
“The phone lines seem to be heating up… We would prefer to do a hockey deal — meaning a player that’s on our roster going forward [past this season].
“Unfortunately, we’re on the bubble. It’s hard to risk that if we miss the playoffs, to trade a high draft pick or a real top prospect for not even a playoff run. At the same time, we feel that the kids that we’ve got — Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco — they have really made a positive impact on our hockey team. Looks like they’re going to be around here for a while and they should be getting better.”
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN and TSN notes that the Red Wings will more than likely not be in the running for rental players like Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson and more than likely to go after a rental defenseman that comes at a cheap price.
LeBrun also mentions that the Red Wings could be players in the supposed Ryan Kesler sweepstakes.