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by George Malik on 03/05/13 at 04:04 PM ET
Well this is interesting. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun spoke to Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman and Flyers gM Paul Holmgren about their take on the possibility of big trades going down at the deadline, as well as a slate of possible need for their respective teams. Holland told LeBrun that, at present, it doesn't appear that anyone wants to make a move...
"The standings dictate how much movement there is, separation or lack there of," Red Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Tuesday. "You look at the West, from third to 11th this morning, there’s just three points separating those teams."
Detroit is one of those clubs in that cluster. And like so many teams around the league, the slate of games leading up to the April 3 trade deadline will play a major factor on what transpires.
"Ultimately, the next two to three weeks will determine certainly my thinking for the Detroit Red Wings," said Holland.
And he suggests that there are strong arguments for and against making deadline moves...
"On the one hand, you can make the case to be aggressive because history has shown that if you get in, it’s wide open," said Holland. "But on the other hand, you can make the case to be conservative, you can miss the playoffs by a point. Because it’s a 48-game season, the trade deadline will be around the 36-game mark, it’s hard at 36 games to have much separation in the standings. And if you don’t have much separation, you’re not going to have a lot of for-sure buyers or a lot of for-sure sellers. But in saying all that, I still think there’s going to be some movement, there always is. How big and how much? Who knows."
And what are the Wings looking for right now? Health, which is an answer I'm sure won't make Red Wings nation happy:
"If we can get all our guys back, that’s almost like a deadline addition or two," said Holland.
The Wings feel pretty good about their depth at forward if everyone is healthy.
Everyone has talked about Detroit’s blue-line in the wake of Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement and Brad Stuart's exit. I actually think the defense-by-committee group has done better than most people expected, especially given all the injuries.
All year long it’s been said the Wings would look to add on a defense come April 3. That’s only true if it’s an impactful player. I don’t think Holland is that interested in adding another depth-type blue-liner. He’s got plenty of those. If Detroit adds a defenseman, I think it’s a genuine top-four type. And those aren’t easy to come by midseason.
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