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Detroit At The Trade Deadline

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Yzerman undoubtedly would be open to moving many players on the roster and in the system. The short list of players he probably wouldn't discuss in trade talks includes Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina and Filip Hronek as well as top prospects Moritz Seider, Michael Rasmussen and Joe Veleno.

The Red Wings at least would like to add a couple of draft picks. Here is a look at some players who might be moved and why some can’t be dealt:

Andreas Athanasiou

Contract: Final season; $3 million cap hit (pending restricted free agent)

The fast forward who scored 30 goals in 2019-20 might be the Red Wings’ most tradeable commodity. It’s just a question of “when” than “if” because he doesn’t fit into Yzerman’s future plans, some in the organization have said privately. But his trade value is low (eight goals, 22 points and a league-worst minus-45 in 43 games) in relation to his ability and potential. Will Yzerman opt to hang on to him in hopes his production increases over the final seven weeks and his trade value rises in the off-season? You can’t just give away this kind of potential. Edmonton is seeking help up front and former Detroit GM Ken Holland might be interested.

Dennis Cholowski

Contract: Signed through 2020-21 on entry level contract.

Praised for his poise with the puck and offensive ability, particularly as a power-play point man, he has struggled defensively, resulting in multiple demotions to Grand Rapids. This organization lacks blue-line depth, particularly defensemen with offensive ability, so it seems counter-productive to give up on a 21-year-old drafted 20th overall in 2016. If Cholowski is moved, chances are it would be as part of a larger deal in which the Red Wings received a young defenseman in return, not a one-for-one move.

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19 game losing streak for Howard, just amazing.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/17/20 at 09:40 AM ET

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Trading Cholowski now would be a terrible move. Let him get through his ELC first, acclimate to the league, then decide if you want to dump him.


Posted by RedMenace from The Bud Light Pit of Misery on 02/17/20 at 10:59 AM ET


For all this speculation I’m well prepared for the Wings to have a grand total of one more pick in this year’s draft (a mid-rounder for Trevor Daley).

I think Yzerman is going to be busy leading up to the draft, but I think trade deadline day is going to be relatively quiet.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 02/17/20 at 11:09 AM ET


For the aging players on D who are reaching UFA,
I think you’d take about any pick, no matter how late.
Only Green, due to his history as a once-impactful offensive
defensemen, might fetch more than a 6-7th pick.
That’s not how a GM would bargain obviously, but it’s clear
Yzerman wants picks.

I’d say get as much as you can, if anything, for Green, Daley, etc.
and hope a contender covets what Helm can offer enough to
spend a decent pick in exchange for retained salary. If not, you could
always trade him next season, but, as we’ve seen, when you aren’t
proactive guys you’d like to trade often get hurt at the worst times.
Here Helm is, healthy, playing well, and sporting a decent stat line for
his role. Best to move him now if at all possible.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/17/20 at 12:18 PM ET

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Helm seems like a guy Holland would bring to Edmonton with retention.

Posted by RedMenace from The Bud Light Pit of Misery on 02/17/20 at 12:53 PM ET

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