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by Paul on 03/22/13 at 04:38 PM ET
"From our perspective, how it affects the Detroit Red Wings - we need to win some games. I look at the trade deadline, and there are buyers and sellers, and those that stand pat. And those that stand pat are teams that are on the bubble. You don't want to throw a lot of assets at something that you're not sure if you're going to miss the playoffs. I'm talking about young players and draft picks...."
That's GM Ken Holland talking the trade deadline with Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. More from Holland as the Wings approach the trade deadline.
Update from George: Here's what Holland had to say to MLive's Ansar Khan:
The Red Wings have been in the market for a top-four defensemen since last summer. They also could use a goal-scoring winger. They are not likely to deal for depth or supporting players (bottom pair defensemen and third- and fourth-line forwards) because they have plenty. And they'll have more depth when and if injured forwards Darren Helm, Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo return.
The Red Wings must decide if it's worth trading a good prospect and high pick if they're going to struggle just to make the playoffs.
“The more games you can win of the six (before the deadline), it lets you think you got a chance to be a playoff team and you can maybe try to add something,'' Holland said. “Let's see. The way I'm thinking, there's probably 15-20 (teams) like the Red Wings, who want to see what's going to happen here the next little period of time.''
Parity and the abbreviated 48-game season could limit trade activity simply because there figures to be fewer teams out of the playoff picture in 12 days, meaning fewer sellers.
“Obviously, separation creates conversation, which ultimately leads to player movement,'' Holland said. “There's probably a little more separation in the East, The West is really jammed up. But, I still expect things are going to happen. Are big things going to happen? I don't know. But I still think we're just under two weeks away (from finding out).''
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