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If the Red Wings sell, they’re only dealing rentals (player slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the season).
Thomas Vanek tops that short list. He is tied for the team lead with 14 goals and is second with 36 points, in just 43 games. His $2.6 million salary would make him easier to fit under the cap for teams seeking an offensive boost. Vanek missed Sunday’s game in Minnesota due to an ankle injury but might be ready to play Wednesday.
The Red Wings might be able to land a second-round pick or some combination of picks and a prospect for him.
Brendan Smith, another impending UFA, doesn’t have as much trade value but defensemen usually are in demand at the deadline.
Maybe it’s too late already. Maybe the hole is too deep and there are too many teams to leapfrog to make the playoffs again. Maybe Holland will have to trade his pending unrestricted free agents — Vanek, Drew Miller, Steve Ott, Brendan Smith — to gather assets for the future. Maybe he should make more moves to clear out veterans and open opportunities for younger players.
Vanek, 32, has been traded prior to the deadline before, when the New York Islanders sent him the Canadiens in 2014. He is the Red Wings’ most attractive chip with 30 points in 33 games. He knows the deal.
The Red Wings are going to face an interesting choice concerning Thomas Vanek.
If the team steadily drops out of playoff contention, or the gap widens just enough where the playoffs become a longshot, does general manager Ken Holland turn to seller and dangle Vanek, a prospective unrestricted free agent, for the March 1 trade deadline?
Surely, in what could be a weak trade market in terms of impact players, Vanek could be considered a prize for a playoff contender.
Pavel Datsyuk wants to go home. His career has been here. His wealth has been here. His celebrity has been here.
But his heart is somewhere else. It’s in Russia — with his teenage daughter and his roots, both of which he wants replanted into his life.
“I’m thinking I go home after this season,” he said, in a long discussion at the Northville home of his agent and friend, Dan Milstein. “I may not be done with hockey, but — it is hard to say — I think I am done playing in NHL.”
While this may be a shock to fans, it cannot be to the Red Wings. The truth is, Datsyuk has been squirming to go home since 2012, the year he played in Russia during the NHL lockout.
The phone calls have started to come daily.
The NHL is in its final countdown to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, offering teams a last chance to try to improve before the playoffs. The Red Wings will be looking — but they have to be especially conscientious buyers.
The Wings do like Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, a right-handed shooting 6-foot-5, 250-pound behemoth, as a top-pair defenseman or top-six right winger, but they’d need to clear space for his $5.2 million salary — and to be certain he’d re-sign, as he’s a pending unrestricted free agent.
An intriguing situation has developed in Tampa Bay, one that should interest the Detroit Red Wings.
Jonathan Drouin, a top-three draft pick, wants out, and it’s worth it for the Wings to see whether they could land him.
Red Wings buy out Stephen Weiss of final three years; might make a pitch for Mike Green.
Should Wings look into trading for Islanders’ Okposo?
Red Wings’ Holland hasn’t expanded list from Blashill
On possible Stephen Weiss buy out, trade for Dion Phaneuf
Weiss unsure of role with Wings after frustrating season
Babcock decision dims in Detroit with the deterioration of his relationship with Datsyuk. Sources say the bond is very frayed.
— bruce dowbiggin (@dowbboy) May 1, 2015