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Quick Hits: The Dreaming of Oliver Ekman-Larsson Edition

Should the Red Wings trade for OEL?

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Off-Season Game Plan: Detroit Red Wings | TSN

As an aside, when I do these Off-Season Game Plans, I try to come up with a plan that seems reasonable and consistent for the current management and that means their established tendencies should be part of the consideration. Thus, even if I might think that the long-term plan for the Red Wings should be focused on a long-term rebuild, I’m skeptical that Red Wings GM Ken Holland would venture down that path.

So, if the Red Wings aren’t necessarily going to strip this thing down to the studs, maybe they will accelerate their rebuilding plan by using some of their draft pick currency to acquire premier talent. This isn’t a roster that just needs some tweaking, but if the Wings can acquire high-end talent that could be a cornerstone piece then that might be worth it.

The most interesting takeaway from Scott Cullen’s plan for Ken Holland and the Red Wings is the proposed acquisition of Oliver Ekman-Larsson from the Arizona Coyotes. This isn’t an actual rumor or report or anything, just an idea from Cullen that he thinks would benefit both teams.

The trade in his plan looks like this:

Detroit would receive: Ekman-Larsson

Arizona would receive: Andreas Athanasiou, Filip Hronek and two draft picks.

This idea intrigues me. The lingering question, however, is which draft picks would be given up?

There is no chance in hell that I would I be happy if the #6 overall pick was traded. Would I give up Vegas’ first rounder or one of the early second rounders? I think so. We’re talking about a pick that is #28-31 or #33 or #36. Those are all basically the same thing.

Ekman-Larrson will be 27-years-old at the start of next season and has one year left on his current deal with a $5.5 million cap hit. The Wings would need to sign him to an extension at similar or more money.

So, after all that, let’s pretend the deal is Ekman-Larsson for AA, Hronek, Vegas’ 1st rounder (#28-31) and Pittsburgh’s 3rd rounder (#84). Do you make this trade?


Would you trade Athanasiou, Hronek, #28-31 and #84 to Arizona for Oliver Ekman-Larsson?

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