DETROIT, Mich — Shortly after trading away defenseman Brendan Smith for a pair of draft picks, Ken Holland leaked some information saying the Red Wings aren’t done. Dan Rosen had the scoop:
Holland expects to make another move or two before the deadline. "We've got some players here that are of interest to other teams," he said.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 28, 2017
This, of course, could mean that forwards Thomas Vanek, Riley Sheahan, and Steve Ott could all be on the move before 3pm on Wednesday. The question is — if one of these players cannot be moved, who else could be?
Mike Green, 31 years old, is a reliable puck-moving defenseman with another year left on his contract. The problem here is that the Red Wings dismal performance on the power-play has hampered his value at $6 million AAV. Perhaps there is a team out there willing to dish out for him, but the Red Wings would need to retain salary for the remainder of his term. If the right deal emerges, I’d expect Holland to make it happen.
On the other hand, there are players like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar. These players still have a lot of value not only to other teams, but to the Red Wings, too. If deals like this were to go down, I’d expect it to be some sort of blockbuster that included a 1st round pick, and a top-end prospect.
However you choose to look at it, the Red Wings will undoubtedly add to their stock of draft picks that have been accrued in the past week. The team has not decided whether or not they will scratch Thomas Vanek tonight against the Canucks, but with such a late start (10pm ET), that could change in the coming hours.