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by George Malik on 04/02/13 at 09:58 PM ET
As you might expect, Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness a late-Tuesday-night interview, and as of the present moment, Holland told Khan that it's highly unlikely that the Wings will make a move at this point, though he and the Wings' management staff will remain bunkered down at the Joe for the next day...
“With the people that were moved the last couple of days, in most cases I talked to those general managers,'' Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “I don't know that there's a lot out there. We'll see what happens (Wednesday).''
The Red Wings are interested in adding a top-four defenseman or a top-six forward, but not at the expense of their first-round pick or any top prospects. Holland said they will not acquire any depth players.
“We made some competitive offers on a couple of players,'' Holland said. “Some players we couldn't get in the mix on. I'll explore until the deadline.''
Holland said he spoke to Dallas about 41-year-old right wing Jaromir Jagr, who was dealt to Boston. The Red Wings were interested in defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, but refused to part with a first-round pick. Calgary traded him to St. Louis on Monday.
“We traded a first-round pick last year (to Tampa Bay for defenseman Kyle Quincey), when we were first overall, concerned about losing (Nicklas) Lidstrom and (Brad) Stuart,'' Holland said. “We were going for it. You can't trade your first-round pick every year. You have to pick and choose when you go for it.''
Khan continues and suggests that the Wings might be interested in Derek Morris, Keith Yandle, Ryan Whitney, Mark Streit, Tomas Fleischmann (irony!), Curtis Glencross, Mike Ribeiro, Jason Pomminville and/or Drew Stafford (the reasons why yield, "Read the article")...
And Holland offered a slate of injury updates to Pleiness, who notes that Kyle Quincey hopes to return to the lineup ASAP while wearing a full cage, even though he can't feel his teeth right now:
Forwards Henrik Zetterberg (groin) and Mikael Samuelsson (upper body) are still listed as day-to-day according to Holland.
“We’re being conservative with Z,” Holland said. “But at the same time we’re in a playoff hunt. Sammy is very sore,” Holland added. “He skated on his own (Tuesday) but he doesn’t have full range of motion. He felt good so that’s a positive step.”
Holland said there’s a chance Zetterberg could play Thursday. Samuelsson, who just returned from a broken left index finger, is “on the horizon” according to Holland.
Forward Todd Bertuzzi (back) continues to progress and there’s a chance he could return in a couple weeks.
“Bert is feeling very good,” Holland said.
Darren Helm (back) saw another back specialist two days ago and it still looks like he’s heading in the right direction.
“We’ll start pushing it and see how it responds,” Holland said.
Update: in the prospect department, via DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen:
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