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Red Wings News

Red Wings acquire good-sized, skilled forward Erik Cole from Dallas for two prospects, second-round pick | MLive.com
The Wings made a trade yesterday, and a really good one, may I add, when they added the Stars' Erik Cole. Cole is a borderline top-6 winger who can provide a nice bit of scoring depth to the Wings' offense. Cole scored 18 goals and 33 points in 57 games for the Stars this season. In return for Cole, the Wings sent prospects Mattias Janmark and Mattias Bäckman, along with a second-round draft pick to the Stars. The Wings also received a conditional third-round draft pick from the Stars, that we lose if we make the Eastern Conference Finals. Fine with me!

Detroit Red Wings' Darren Helm to have MRI on upper-body injury Monday | Detroit Free Press
Part of the reason behind the Wings' move for Erik Cole was to provide the offense with some depth if Helm is out for an extended time period.

Red Wings' Brendan Smith frustrated by abuse he's taken past two games, steps up against Nashville | MLive.com
If the Wings make a move for a defenseman today, Smith is definitely going to have to step up his game.

NHL News

Trade: Rangers land Yandle, Coyotes receive Duclair, first-rounder | ProHockeyTalk
By far the biggest trade of the season so far occurred yesterday with the Arizona Coyotes finally moving defenseman Keith Yandle. The Wings have had an interest in Yandle for years, but at the price that the Rangers paid for him, I am glad that the Wings stayed away. Anthony Duclair, New York's equivalent of Anthony Mantha, was moved along with John Moore, an underrated defenseman, and a first-round draft pick.

Every important NHL trade rumor in one place - SBNation.com
There are lots of rumors going around right now, here is a collection of all of them.

Curtis Glencross dealt to Capitals for pair of 2015 draft picks | Puck Daddy
The Flames dealt Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second and a third-round draft pick in this year's draft. Good move by the Capitals.

Blackhawks acquire Antoine Vermette from Coyotes | USA Today
The Blackhawks are in-win now mode, so this move made sense from their perspective. But, the price was high. Chicago sent the Coyotes a first-round draft pick and prospect Klas Dahlback in return for Vermette.

Flames place Giordano on IR | ProHockeyTalk
Mark Giordano has been the Flames' best player this season. This could be a major blow to the Flames' playoff chances, depending on how long Giordano is out.

Ranking best NHL trade deadline deals of all-time (Video) | Puck Daddy
#3 trade on this list is the Wings' 1997 trade for Larry Murphy.

Could Dion Phaneuf become the next Larry Murphy? | The Hockey News
One player to keep a close eye on today is Toronto's Dion Phaneuf, who has been linked to the Wings. If he is moved to Detroit, let's hope that the result is the same as when a fellow Leaf, Larry Murphy, was moved prior to the Wings winning back-to-back Stanley Cup's in the late-90's.

Report: Flyers want to trade Coburn by deadline - Sportsnet.ca
Defenseman Braydon Coburn may be moved today, but I hope that the Wings stay away from him. He is not a bad player, but he would not serve as much of an upgrade over anything that we currently have.

Trade Talk: Bruins looking to trade | TSN
The Flames are apparently shopping Jiri Hudler. Is it time to bring Happy back to Detroit? (No.)

Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp combats 'untrue' rumors about personal life - CBSSports.com
The Blackhawks are dealing with some internal issues at the moment, and there has been a lot of talk surrounding Patrick Sharp, including the possibility that he is traded. I doubt that he is moved today, but he could be traded in the summer to free up cap space.

Hurricanes sign McClement to two-year, $2.4M extension | ProHockeyTalk
The Hurricanes have extended depth forward Jay McClement.

Let's Go Red Wings!