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by George Malik on 03/03/14 at 01:34 PM ET
Updated 2x at 3:08 PM: As Red Wings fans read the lovely news regarding Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss, Daniel Cleary and Jakub Kindl's injuries (all of a sudden, Joakim Andersson's the 1st line center?), pondered practice stuff and can now read Michigan Radio and Deadspin's takes on the Red Wings' rink deal and form their own conclusions...
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's been busy scrounging for trade news, and while I was reading about Datsyuk, Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough noted that LeBrun went Wing-y, first gauging the team's interest in Christian Ehrhoff...
The Red Wings are believed to be among teams interested in defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, whom the Sabres are shopping. He's got seven more years on his deal after this season, at a $4 million cap hit. What's better, though, is that $22 million of that 10-year, $40 million deal will have been paid off by the end of this season because it was front-loaded.
I don't think the Wings would overpay to get him but he would fill a need for a top-four, offensively minded defenseman.
And then LeBrun spoke with Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill regarding the fact that his team could be a "seller," and that his former employer just happens to be a "buyer":
"We're open for business, I'm always looking at things, but I'm not rushing to do something just to move a body to get a pick," said Nill.
Veteran blue-liner Stephane Robidas, out since late November with that horrific leg injury, could be on the mend and is an interesting trade target for a contender, something TSN colleague Darren Dreger brought up Sunday on air.
My sense is Nill will likely get a read off Robidas, both in terms of his health -- there's a thought he could return within 2-3 weeks -- and what his wishes are in terms of staying put or moving on. I think there's so much respect for what Robidas has done in Dallas that the GM would take the players' lead there.
LeBrun continues, of course.
Update: ESPN's Scott Burnside said the following during a Q and A chat on ESPN.com:
R.Coppens. (Carbondale, IL): Out of all the defenseman available (Erhoff, Myers, Tallinder, Edler, Macdonald) who would Detroit be best to go after with their extra cap space from Zetterberg injury?
Scott Burnside: R.Coppens; The guy I like as a fit is Christian Ehrhoff. Tons of term left (through 20-21) but at a manageable cap hit ($4 million). But GM Ken Holland isn't going to give up a ton to make that kind of move. I think he'd be a nice fit stylistically with Mike Babcock and he's really picked up his offensive game of late for the Sabres.
Update #2: Take this from the Fourth Period for what you will:
The Detroit Red Wings aren't planning on making any moves for high-priced rental players, but the team is still looking to acquire a top-four defenseman.
The Wings have inquired about Vancouver's Alexander Edler and Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff, but appear to be focusing on Ehrhoff, at the moment.
TFP reported last Thursday that the Wings had been inquiring about Ehrhoff's availability, and on Monday, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reiterated Detroit's interest.
LeBrun, however, indicated that the Wings would not overpay to get Ehrhoff.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland has plenty of young assets he is willing to part with, but some players he prefers not to deal, such as Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.
Holland has also spoken to the Vancouver Canucks about forward Ryan Kesler, who is expected to be dealt by Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline.
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