Trade winds blowing Wings' way

Chris McCosky / The Detroit News

Detroit — All Red Wings general manager Ken Holland knew for certain was that nothing was going to get done regarding his roster on Thursday.

As for why scouts from 10 NHL teams invaded Joe Louis Arena for Thursday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Sharks, Holland said, “I don’t know what to tell you.”

Represented were Florida, Dallas, Vancouver, Washington, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Montreal, the New York Islanders, Ottawa and Chicago.

Detroit, in recent days, has had scouts at Pittsburgh and Columbus.

Though Holland wouldn’t tip his hand, his phone lines have been hot with the NHL trade freeze hitting at 3 p.m. today.

At issue is the probable return of defenseman Andreas Lilja. Out with post-concussion symptoms since last February, Lilja was expected to finish his conditioning stint in Grand Rapids Friday and, assuming a clean bill of health, join the team Saturday.

That would put the Wings roughly $1.2 million over the salary cap. Holland either has to work a trade before today’s freeze, or place a player or players on waivers. The actual NHL trade deadline is March 3, but the league is stopping all operations Saturday evening until after the Olympics, which end on Feb. 28.–way

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