Red Wings needs heading toward trade deadline

It's a little over three weeks until the April 3rd trade deadline. I'm starting a fanpost for those who'd like to rosterbate, vent or defend Kenny Holland all in one place. I'm not much for preambles, so I'm going to get right to this.

I'm breaking down my own analysis of the Red Wings' needs into short-term (i.e. by the trade deadline) and medium-term (this offseason). Edit: I'm combining short and medium term since I think they are basically the same needs. I think there are too many unknowns in the longer term to form many concrete conclusions.

For both the short and mediums terms I'm trying to keep the following stuff in mind:

A) Likely availability of player-type and nature of their availability (e.g. trade vs. free agency vs. internal). Obviously this will effect the cost to acquire the player.

B) Roster limit and salary cap limitations.

C) Likelihood that the acquired player(s) will meet the needs they are brought in to fill. I'll call this risk mitigation and I'm mentioning it because this is where I think the Wings have their biggest problems - expecting certain players to fill roles they are unlikely to succeed in, whether it's due to experience, age, injury concerns, talent level, etc.


Needs by 2013 trade deadline &/or 2013 off-season:

1) A power-play specialist to partner with Kronwall. I'd rather it be a defenseman, but a forward would probably be cheaper.

Likelihood of availability: low.

Limitations: availability (few UFAs) & therefore cost to trade for.

Possibilities: Lubomir Vishnovsky (UFA), Mark Streit (UFA), Keith Yandle, John-Michael Liles, Ryan Whitney (UFA), Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Brian Campbell.

Internal options: Fast-tracking development of Quincey, Kindl or Smith as a PP QB; a healthy Mikael Samuelsson; bring up Nyquist - can play the point.

Likelihood of internal options filling need: low.

2) A goal-scoring top-6 forward with decent size, preferably a right-handed shot.

Likelihood of availability: moderate.

Limitations: same as above, but also the fact that some of the best players that might become available (e.g. Perry, Iginla) are in the Western conference. In the offseason, at least In the case of Perry, the salary cap will be an issue.

Possibilities: Jarome Iginla (UFA), Corey Perry (UFA), David Clarkson (UFA), Nathan Horton (UFA), Ryan Malone, Dustin Penner, Jaromir Jagr (UFA), Ryan Clowe (UFA), Michael Ryder (UFA), Tomas Fleischmann, Alex Semin (UFA).

Internal options: A healthy Todd Bertuzzi &/or Samuelsson; Or asking unsuitable players to fill this role such as Cleary, Abdelkader, Filppula; fast-tracking the development of Tatar or Nyquist, despite their size.

Likelihood of internal options filling need: I'd say moderate. I'm somewhat optimistic here.

3) Depth at centre.

Likelihood of availability: high.

Limitations: roster limit.

Possibilities: Nik Antropov (UFA), Matt Cullen (UFA), Matthew Lombardi (UFA), Stephen Weiss (UFA), Tyler Bozak (UFA), Boyd Gordon (UFA), Kyle Chipchura (UFA), Mark Letestu (UFA).

Internal options: A healthy Darren Helm and Filppula; keeping Abdelkader and Emmerton in the roles they are suited for; fast-tracking development of Riley Sheahan.

Likelihood of internal options filling need: I'd say moderate. Not confident that Helm will be healthy this season (or consistenly healthy any time soon?), but Filppula will probably not be traded and will get healthy soon. If he isn't re-signed he'll have to be replaced.

4) "Functional" speed in the bottom 6. I mean a player that is both fast and a good all-around player (can score and/or grind), not just fast.

Likelihood of availability: moderate.

Limitations: roster limit.

Possibilities: As above, plus Mason Raymond (UFA), Chris Higgins (UFA), Pascal Dupuis (UFA), Maxim Lapierre (UFA), Victor Stalberg (UFA), etc.

Internal options: A healthy Darren Helm; calling up Nyquist or Ferraro.

Likelihood of internal options filling need: I'd say low. It takes time to develop into a solid bottom 6 forward.

Well I hope that gets the ball rolling, let's hear your take!

This is a fanpost written by a WIIM community member. The views and opinions expressed here are that member's and do not necessarily reflect the views of the site itself.

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