Red Wings’ GM Ken Holland says trade more likely if team fares well next six games before deadline
The Detroit Red Wings have six games before the NHL trade deadline April 3.
The better they fare during this stretch, the more likely they are to make a move.
General manager Ken Holland said there was some trade talk Wednesday at the league’s general managers meetings in Toronto. But, the Red Wings aren’t about to part with assets (prospects, draft picks) unless they feel they have a real good chance to make the playoffs.
“We got to win some games first,” Holland said Friday, prior to the game against Anaheim. “I look at the trade deadline and there’s buyers and sellers and (teams that) stand pat. Those that stand pat are teams on the bubble.
“You don’t want to throw a lot of assets at something (if) you’re not sure you’re going to (make) the playoffs. So we need to win some games.”
The Red Wings have been in the market for a top-four defensemen since last summer. They also could use a goal-scoring winger. They are not likely to deal for depth or supporting players (bottom pair defensemen and third- and fourth-line forwards) because they have plenty. And they’ll have more depth when and if injured forwards Darren Helm, Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo return.