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Red Wings unlikely to make any draft-day trades

Via RedWingsFeed, you and I already know that the players the Red Wings are particularly interested in signing and/or acquiring the signing rights to—like Zach Parise, Alex Semin and Ryan Suter—have either already chosen to explore unrestricted free agency on July 1st, or they’re still entertaining contract offers from current rights-holders insistent upon waiting things out while their players assess their market values before circling back to their 2011-2012 season’s employers on Canada Day.

So it should come as no surprise that, on a Thursday night swirling with thunderstorms in Southeastern Michigan and trade rumors in Pittsburgh, Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s told the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness that the Wings are not likely to make a trade on Friday or Saturday, save perhaps swapping draft picks to move up or down in the draft:

“I’ve talked to a few managers in Las Vegas,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday. “It’s harder and harder to make trades because of a lot of factors involved. Parity, there are so many teams close to the salary cap and there are a lot of long-term contracts. We obviously have some needs and we have cap space and we hope to be active as we explore the market on July 1. I can explore a trade, but in most cases, it’s equal player for equal player.

“There are always rumblings, always a lot of talk,” Holland added. “Some leads to something, some dissipates into nothing. We don’t have much going, but I’m calling around, having people inquire to see who’s out there.”

The Wings don’t have a pick in this year’s first round, which would have been 19th, trading it away to Tampa Bay for Kyle Quincey at last year’s trade deadline.

“An NHL Draft, in my opinion, is judged by the top five to 10 picks,” Holland said. “Years when you have (Evgeni) Malkin and (Alex) Ovechkin in the draft it’s a great draft. There are lots of solid players coming out of Europe, but when you get in the late first and into the second and third rounds I think all the drafts are the same.”

Ovechkin and Malkin went No. 1 and No. 2 overall in the 2004 draft.

“Part of building your team has to be done internally,” Holland said. “We have to do it with Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist. That has to be part of the formula. We have to move players through the system to the big team no matter what we do.”

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I hope “trade winds are calm” means “they are blowing at gale speed” in corporate hockey Newspeak.

Posted by Alex on 06/21/12 at 11:49 PM ET

CaptNorris5's avatar

Translation: Don’t get your hopes up. July ain’t going the way nobody wants. Our moves aren’t coming on July 01. They’re coming in 7 years when Brendan Smith hits his prime. Sweaty nutsack.

Posted by CaptNorris5 from The Winged Wheel, stuck in Chicago on 06/21/12 at 11:54 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

There is a substantial lack of understanding by some about how the Wings value Abdelkader, and concurrently a substantial lack of understanding by the same about the actual value of draft picks outside the top 5 or 10.  This is creating confusion and frustration in the same.

Posted by RWBill on 06/22/12 at 12:33 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I guess Smith and Nyquist are full-timers next season.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/22/12 at 03:19 AM ET

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