Wings will only be dealing rentals

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.

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