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Quick Hits: The Red Wings Trade Thought Edition

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In Red Wing Land

31 Thoughts: No shortage of Rick Nash suitors ahead of deadline | Sportsnet

13. All of the Detroit defence focus is on Mike Green, but, quietly, the Red Wings are trying to give Xavier Ouellet a fresh start somewhere else.

Giving Ouellet a fresh start on another team is a great idea. We know he’s not going to be a difference maker, so moving on and getting anything in return is worth it. If all the Red Wings can muster is a 7th round pick, so be it. Take the chance on someone in the draft and maybe get lucky. Worst case scenario moving Ouellet would open up a spot on the current roster for someone like Joe Hicketts.

Around the League

Senators trade Phaneuf to Kings for Gaborik and Shore | TSN

This happened last night. Ottawa retains 25% of Dion Phaneuf’s salary. Let the trade season begin.

Seattle applies, puts down $10 million for NHL franchise | ESPN

I’m all in for another NHL team and another expansion draft. I enjoyed the entire process this past summer and all the moves that occurred because of it. Plus, it means an opportunity for the Wings to dump a bad contract.