Readers wondering who Red Wings might trade, acquire this season

Defenseman Kyle Quincey clearly is the top candidate to be traded. He’s an unrestricted free agent after this season and won’t be re-signed, so they might as well get an asset for him – or at least clear his $3.775 million cap hit as a prelude to a separate deal.

He hasn’t played well, which limits his value and his potential suitors. But rental defensemen are always in demand the latter half of the season and at the trade deadline.

The only other roster player I could see them trying to move is right wing Mikael Samuelsson, if he agreed to waive his no-trade clause. But his age (37) and lack of production will make him difficult to deal, even at the deadline, when most of $3 million salary will be exhausted.

I’ll discuss possible trade targets below.

Q. With the Red Wings looking deep with talent and skill up front, on paper, do you anticipate Holland making a significant trade by March 5 to bring in a D-man with great veteran leadership and experience to help with a strong playoff run this year?

–Wings fan4life

A. He’ll try to acquire a defenseman. The top potential rental is San Jose’s Dan Boyle. He’s a highly-skilled right-handed shooter who would be ideal for the Red Wings. But I doubt the Sharks will move him because it would basically wreck whatever Stanley Cup hopes they have.

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