Teams appear to have more trade options this year; Detroit Red Wings ‘motivated’ to make a move

This year, it appears many more prominent players are being shopped.

Various reports indicate the long list of forwards available includes Thomas Vanek (Buffalo), Paul Stastny (Colorado), Dave Bolland (Chicago); Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky (Edmonton), Mike Cammalleri (Calgary), David Perron (St. Louis) and Erik Cole (Dallas).

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday that he’s had conversations with some team executives, but nothing is imminent.

“This is the weekend that teams are motivated to make a move, and we’re motivated to make a move or two between now and unrestricted free agency (which starts next Friday) that we think will make our team a little better,” Holland said.

If nothing else, the Red Wings would like to trim a player or two from their crowded roster, either through trades or a compliance buyout or two.

The club’s course of action depends, in large part, on whether it re-signs any of its unrestricted free-agent forwards – Daniel Cleary, Damien Brunner or Valtteri Filppula, who appears to have one foot out the door.