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St. James ponders possible Red Wings moves; Ken Holland tells Jeff Riger health = acquisitions

As an adjunct to the off-day Red Wings news post: the Free Press's Helene St. James spent her off-day morning pondering what the Detroit Red Wings might be able to do to bolster their lineup as the trade deadline approaches. St. James duly notes that the NHL's standings are so jam-packed at present--especially in the West--that we're likely to have to wait until much closer to the April 3rd trade deadline to find out which teams are "buyers" and which ones are "sellers"...

But even though Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that he felt that the probable returns of Darren Helm (who DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported is skating today, in his hockey equipment, for the first time since suffering his back injury), Valteri Filppula (shoulder), Mikael Samuelsson (broken finger) and possibly Todd Bertuzzi (back) would serve as superb and compensation-free trade deadline acquisitions, Holland also suggested that he'd engage in his customary tire-kicking process (and Holland kicks every tire)...

"The standings dictate how much movement there is, separation or lack thereof," Red Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on 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," Holland said.

St. James, like LeBrun, believes that the Red Wings want to add a top-four defenseman to the mix, and when and/or if the standings log-jam ameliorates, she thinks that the Wings may make a move--but only if the price is right (one cannot sell a barn to buy a horse):

If there are teams that opt to sell, prices will be high because two dozen teams could be buyers. Defensemen always are at a premium, and players such as the Oilers' Ryan Whitney or Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester will demand high prices.

Bouwmeester's scary because he's got a $6.68 million cap hit next season, and with the cap going down and the Wings having to decide (per Capgeek's Wings salary chart) whether and/or if they're willing to re-sign unrestricted free agents-to-be Jimmy Howard, Damien Brunner, Valtteri Filppula, Ian White, Danny Cleary and Drew Miller, as well as restricted free agents-to-be Brendan Smith, Joakim Andersson, Jakub Kindl, Gustav Nyquist and Tom McCollum, all with the cap going down from $70.2 million to $64.3 million, I'm not sure if the Wings would be willing to take on that kind of money unless they could move some salary out--or the Flames would be willing to absorb some of Bouwmeester's salary...

In Calgary, there's also longtime captain Jarome Iginla, who is running out of time to add a Cup to his career. He would have been a perfect fit in Detroit a few years ago. Is he going to win the Cup with this Wings squad? That's murkier. If Iginla would be a perfect fit anywhere, it'd be a place like Chicago or Pittsburgh, where he could blend in more than be expected to stand out. Plus, the Wings don't so much need help up front, especially if they should ever be fully healthy. Right now, tag forward Darren Helm as a potential so-called "trade deadline addition," because if he keeps improving as he has been, he could be ready to return to the Wings on very fresh legs at that time.

Iginla's been strongly linked to Pittsburgh of late...

The other thing that has to be considered is who and what the Wings have to offer. They just cannot mortgage their future and trade away a first-rounder or highly rated prospects such as Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan or Calle Jarnkrok. Their most valuable trade asset, in some ways, is Valtteri Filppula, only he's in a contract year, so teams are going to be wary of a rental. And if the Wings do sign Filppula to an extension, he'll likely demand a limited-movement clause.

The Wings aren't sending Nyquist, Sheahan, Jarnkrok or Teemu Pulkkinen anywhere.

There's also forward Johan Franzen, who has a nice salary cap number, at $3.9 million, even if he does have seven years left on the deal. But here's the thing: Franzen is the Wings' biggest forward, a regular 20-goal scorer, and a guy who had a big role in the back-to-back trips to the finals in 2008 and '09. Get rid of him, and they'd just have to replace him.

The Mule's just too big, can score too regularly and has too much money remaining on his deal to move him--or buy him out--and as the Wings have no real power forwards anything less than 3-5 years away (Andersson's 6'3," but he's a 3rd-liner, and the same could be said of Sheahan, and Tomas Jurco's having a rough pro debut year, Marek Tvrdon's a project-and-a-half, Louis-Marc Aubry has some filling out to do, Trevor Parkes is more of a grinder than a scorer, and he and Andrej Nestrasil are still bouncing back and forth from the ECHL to the AHL, and in all honesty, all of the Wings' top prospects in terms of offense, like Tatar, Jarnkork, Nyquist and Pulkkinen, are still pretty "small" by NHL standards, so until the Wings can truly draft a Franzen replacement, they won't feel any need to do anything other than keep the streaky Mule), and can't really import a player with size for the same cap hit, the Wings wil put up with him for a long time.

As for defenseman Ian White, he has become the odd man out over the past week. But there's a limit to what he'd bring in return and there's no such thing as too much defensive depth in the playoffs.

The Wings have been searching for a top-four defenseman since last summer. They'll look very hard again over the coming four weeks, but they won't be alone, and they won't find many available.

It's also worth mentioning that most teams aren't going to want to trade within their conference, which means that you need to head over to Capgeek and check out the Eastern Conference's UFA-to-be defensemen-to-be. You end up with options like Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit from the Islanders, Sergei Gonchar if the Senators fall off the map, the middling Ron Hainsey or the slow-footed but steady Robyn Regehr from Buffalo, his teammate, Jordan Leopold, and maybe Joe Corvo if the WIngs are willing to take a chance on an incredibly streaky and high-risk player, but that's about it.

The 2013 trade deadline, if anything, shows the full impact of the 2004-05 lockout: There's parity like never before -- and that's going to make parsing for players precarious.

Speaking of which, 97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger spoke to Ken Holland about the Wings' season thus far, possible trade moves and realignment, all after last night's game, and Holland doesn't sound too keen on making a big splash:

Holland on the pairity in the game right now:: “In this NHL every game counts, every 2 points is critical and I think what’s going on now is going to be going on in the last week of the regular season. I have said all along that it is going to be a photo finish to make the playoffs and it’s going to be a photo finish to miss the playoffs. It’s great for hockey fans, you wake up every day, and I think there are 6 teams in the West with 24 points this morning. I think it’s exciting, every 2 points is critical and the second half of the season, it’s like a playoff game every single night.”

Holland on the trade deadline and if the Wings are thinking about being buyers or sellers: “In order to be a buyer you got to be in the playoffs, it’ doesn’t make much sense to be 3, 4, 5 points out of the 8 hole and think you’re going to throw some assets at a team that might not make the playoffs. We got to wins some games; we got to put a run together. Certainly in the next couple of weeks we think we are going to have Valteri Filpula back, we think we will have Darren Helm back, certainly in Helm’s case, that’s a free agent trade.”

Holland on NHL realignment where the Wings are rumored to move to the East: “Going into the Board of Governors meetings in December of 2011 we wanted to be in the East, we made it clear that we wanted to be in the East but there were so many issues for so many teams other than Detroit we ultimately voted for that four conference alignment that had us in the Midwest. Part of that conference was home and away with every team in the National Hockey league and we wanted our fans to see every team in the league in our building, Toronto every year, Boston every year, Montreal every year and we liked the idea that playoffs were going to be within the division so you weren’t going 3 time zones away to play in the playoffs in the first two rounds. Now obviously in the last month there seems to e a lot of talk. I don’t know a whole lot, I’m very familiar with what the media is saying, there obviously seems to be conversations going on between the union and the league. Our first priority going back to prior to December 2011 is to be in the East, that has never changed but we’ll see what happens here over the course of the next month or 6 weeks while they make a decision.

Here's Riger's interview:

Update: ESPN's LeBrun also had an intriguing set of conversations with Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi about the lack of trades thus far, and those conversations are worth mentioning in terms of adding contrast:

"Everyone has played from 20 to 24 games so far; you've got to adjust your thinking to making a quicker assessment," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com. "We’re used to making our assessments over a longer period of time. And this year it’s different. Therefore, for me it’s a little funky right now to know we’re that close to making deals."

What also gums up the works is that the list of UFAs-to-be, aka rental players, might shorten as the month rolls on as teams re-sign those players and take them off the trade market.

"What’s happened the last five or six years is teams realizing that even if they’re a seller, they realize it’s not like the old days where you trade [a UFA to be] for a draft pick and easily replace them [in the offseason]," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told ESPN.com. "Even midrange players, many teams are now deciding to keep them and try to sign them versus giving them away for a second- or third-round pick. That’s something that’s changed in this business since I got in it; very different. Some teams are looking at that No. 4 or No. 5 defenseman and saying, 'I’m not replacing him this summer, I need to keep him and sign him.'"

The other thing, Lombardi figures, is that in today’s parity-filled NHL, teams always feel just a few players away from getting back into it the following season. It’s not like the pre-cap days when many non-playoff teams went into full dress-down/rebuild mode.

"Not many teams are in that stripping-down mode anymore," Lombardi said.

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If Iginla would be a perfect fit anywhere, it’d be a place like Chicago or Pittsburgh, where he could blend in more than be expected to stand out. Plus, the Wings don’t so much need help up front, especially if they should ever be fully healthy.

Yeah, Chicago can use all the help they can get…and yes, the Wings DO need help up front. Their top 6 has been littered with bottom 6 players all season and no matter how Holland or anyone else tries to spin it, Sammy and Bert (if he even returns) are not top 6 guys. Filppula is a helluva lot better option than Cleary and Abdelkader, but at the expense of breaking up our 3rd and 4th lines which have been very good?? Meh.

Posted by godblender on 03/06/13 at 02:30 PM ET

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The Wings aren’t sending Nyquist, Sheahan, Jarnkrok or Teemu Pulkkinen anywhere.

Why not?  Why are they untouchable George?  The core of our team is getting old really fast. 

I’m tired of hearing about Tick Tock “kicking tires”. I mean, I’m almost disgusted with it.  Isn’t it time for the Wings to get creative?  Yes, they’ve come this far and been this successful with a cautious, deliberate approach.  Well, that’s easy—or easier—when you have Lidstrom or the Euros or Yzerman/Feds/Vladdie all as home grown talent.

No one in the farm system is untouchable, in my opinion, because not a single one of them is a proven commodity at the NHL level. We’re not talking top five picks here.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/06/13 at 02:43 PM ET

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They just cannot mortgage their future and trade away a first-rounder or highly rated prospects such as Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan or Calle Jarnkrok.

Exactly, they’ll need those guys to rotate onto the fourth line in a few years.

Plus, the Wings don’t so much need help up front, especially if they should ever be fully healthy.

Right, because once Samuelsson is back it will be better than having someone of Jarome Iginla’s calibre.

No one in the farm system is untouchable, in my opinion, because not a single one of them is a proven commodity at the NHL level. We’re not talking top five picks here.

This.  With the exception of Mrazek.

Posted by Garth on 03/06/13 at 03:04 PM ET

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I agree on grabbing a forward. But I also say dump salary and players, simply trim the roster and grab all the draft picks you can, be it all 2nd and 3rd rounders. You got a handful of them come July 1st your gonna be in one hell of a position to get alot more than you could now. Spend all those draft picks, they are like instant scartch off lottery tickets anyways. We are gonna either hit a $2 winner or the $5000 top prize. And next year, its a 82 game season even! Shamwow!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/06/13 at 03:05 PM ET

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back-to-back trips to the finals in 2008 and ‘09

Yeah, just 4 years removed from that…

The Wings aren’t sending Nyquist, Sheahan, Jarnkrok or Teemu Pulkkinen anywhere.

Why not?  Why are they untouchable George?  The core of our team is getting old really fast.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/06/13 at 01:43 PM ET

I’d say you pointed out a reason why they likely won’t go. They are people that could very well be the new core. Our core is pretty much home grown. Z, Pavs, Franzen, Kronwall, Ericsson, Smith, Q(LOL), Kindl, Flip, Helm, Abby, Jimmy. Extend that out to the rookies and expected players and the only non-home growns we have are Brunner (And he didn’t play for anyone else in the NHL..), Tuzzi, Eaves,Miller, Cleary and Tootoo. Take out a few of those and next year we have what, 3 or 4 non Red Wings drafted and grown talents depending on what Holland does (or likely does not) do at the deadline or in the off season.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 03/06/13 at 03:07 PM ET

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well damn i clearly meant “scratch off” lol. Its my nimble Abdelkader fingers holding me back.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/06/13 at 03:07 PM ET

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Right now, tag forward Darren Helm as a potential so-called “trade deadline addition,” because if he keeps improving as he has been, he could be ready to return to the Wings on very fresh legs at that time.

I feckin hate the statement “When we get healthy it’ll be just like a couple trade aquisitions”. The Brass says it all the time. What a copout.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/06/13 at 03:07 PM ET

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I feckin hate the statement “When we get healthy it’ll be just like a couple trade aquisitions”. The Brass says it all the time. What a copout.

Posted by Vladimir16 on 03/06/13 at 02:07 PM ET

I totally agree Vladdy. Also for what its worth, im calculating here we have to go anywhere from 14-11 to 17-8 over these last 25 games just to get a invite to the dance. 14-11 seems the most realistic scenario here, because unless we start scoring more 1 to 2 goals a game we wont go far. Jimmy can stand on his head every night, but we need goals dammit!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/06/13 at 03:16 PM ET

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No one in the farm system is untouchable, in my opinion, because not a single one of them is a proven commodity at the NHL level. We’re not talking top five picks here.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/06/13 at 01:43 PM ET

That same opinion could have also been applied to Lidstrom, Konstatinov, Homer, Pavel, Hank, etc., etcccccccccc….

Posted by SK77 on 03/06/13 at 03:21 PM ET

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That same opinion could have also been applied to Lidstrom, Konstatinov, Homer, Pavel, Hank, etc., etcccccccccc….

Except that with no cap in place the Wings were free to pick and choose which FA’s they wanted to throw money at…a luxury that not many teams could afford. Plus those players had the opportunity to play/learn with teams that were spilling over with skill and character guys.

Posted by godblender on 03/06/13 at 03:29 PM ET

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Except that with no cap in place the Wings were free to pick and choose which FA’s they wanted to throw money at…a luxury that not many teams could afford. Plus those players had the opportunity to play/learn with teams that were spilling over with skill and character guys.

Posted by godblender on 03/06/13 at 02:29 PM ET

And now that there’s a cap in place and less talented players on the Wings for rookies to play/learn from ... it’s time to start trading away the best prospects?

Posted by SK77 on 03/06/13 at 03:33 PM ET

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it’s time to start trading away the best prospects?

Rather than wait three years until they’re not waiver exempt and then lose them from free because they’re not better than 80 year old Chris Chelios?

Posted by Garth on 03/06/13 at 03:40 PM ET

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Remember when Paul Coffey, Keith Primeau and a first-rounder were traded for a in-his-prime-Shanny?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/06/13 at 03:41 PM ET

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Why not?  Why are they untouchable George?  The core of our team is getting old really fast.

No one in the farm system is untouchable, in my opinion, because not a single one of them is a proven commodity at the NHL level. We’re not talking top five picks here.

Who gets older faster, a 28-38 year old trade acquisition, or a 19-24 year old prospect? Either way you have to gamble: with the prospect, will they even be able to play in the NHL? And will guys you trade for be able to adjust to the system? Are their careers declining?

Posted by bleep bloop on 03/06/13 at 03:45 PM ET

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Who gets older faster, a 28-38 year old trade acquisition, or a 19-24 year old prospect?

Who’s more likely to play meaningful minutes and help the Red Wings win games, a 28-38 year old trade acquisition or a 19-24 year old prospect who’s overripening in Grand Rapids becausehe’s a 19-24 year old prospect and won’t even get a chance to play unless there are a catastrophic number of injuries to the 28-38 year old Red Wings roster?

Posted by Garth on 03/06/13 at 03:49 PM ET

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Whitney and Jay Bow are at different ends of the spectrum with there teams.  Whitney is in the Press Box more than on the ice.  Most Oiler fans want to sit him in the dumpster and go away forever!  Brutal numbers the last couple of years and I think he would love to escape Oil Country.

Jay Bou is a very quiet D man that performs well, great skater, soft and good on the point of the PP, whatever that thing is??

His salary is tough to take, IMO. Cost to get him would be fairly high and Whitney would be very low. Not sure he is better than what the Wings have? Both shoot left and about the same size.  Get a right handed Point man please KH!

Feaster still thinks the Flames are a deep playoff team as does every other GM.

Trading Iggy and Jay would only happen if the team dives in March. Personally I think Iggy should stay in Calgary and his tank is close to empty.  If he goes to Pens, etc at deadline he will be a rental only.  If he wants a cup Penguin land is probably not the place to go to again , IMO

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/06/13 at 03:55 PM ET

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I’m not confident enough in the team right now to say they should be out-and-out “buyers”.

I’m always in favor of making a smart move that’s good for the Wings in both the short and long-term.  That said, I don’t know how much short-term value Iginla brings over the long-term cost of making that move. Iggy’s not in his prime; he’s declining. Feaster has to hit a homerun with a trade for him because he’s the face of the franchise.

I’ll go so far as to say that there’s not a single untouchable Red Wings player anywhere in the system right now (to include the team’s captain), I’m just not sure that the Wings should be buying a rental with how much they appear to need some of those prospects to step up and play balls-out.

If Iginla comes for stupidly cheap, I’d pull the trigger on that in a heartbeat. If he comes at the price of one of the top prospects, I don’t know if I can pull the trigger on that one right now.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/06/13 at 03:55 PM ET

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And now that there’s a cap in place and less talented players on the Wings for rookies to play/learn from ... it’s time to start trading away the best prospects?

Of course not. But because Detroit is no longer in a position of strength in terms of it’s ability to spend freely on the open market, they have to have bargaining pieces with which to acquire some needed pieces. And because they have very few roster players of significant trade value, prospects become those bargaining pieces. I’m not suggesting that they trade away prospects for an aging rental…but if you can package a deal for, say a top 4 d-man (which Detroit desperately needs), who can still play and makes you a better team for another couple of seasons why not make the trade? If the Wings’ modus operandi is going to continue to be to let their prospects sit in Grand Rapids until they’re 26, AND you don’t have the luxuary to spend for valuable FA’s, how do you suggest filling some of the significant holes that this team CURRENTLY has?

Posted by godblender on 03/06/13 at 04:31 PM ET

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I’m not suggesting that they trade away prospects for an aging rental…but if you can package a deal for, say a top 4 d-man (which Detroit desperately needs), who can still play and makes you a better team for another couple of seasons why not make the trade? If the Wings’ modus operandi is going to continue to be to let their prospects sit in Grand Rapids until they’re 26, AND you don’t have the luxuary to spend for valuable FA’s, how do you suggest filling some of the significant holes that this team CURRENTLY has?
Posted by godblender on 03/06/13 at 03:31 PM ET

This ^^^^^
I think they NEED to go after a top 4 D-man (whoever that could be) and use Flip and a prospect or two. Paying Flip 4.5 next year is crazy and so is losing him for nothing. Their D has looked better as of late but losing Rafalski, Lidstrom and Stuart and essentially replacing them with White, Cola, Q, etc. does not cut it.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/06/13 at 04:40 PM ET

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If you trade Flip for a top 4 D you will have to include at least two prospects or a prospect and a D off the current roster.  Flip is UFA at season’s end.  Why would I trade for a UFA and give you a top 4 D in return?

Posted by calquake on 03/06/13 at 04:53 PM ET

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If you trade Flip for a top 4 D you will have to include at least two prospects or a prospect and a D off the current roster.  Flip is UFA at season’s end.  Why would I trade for a UFA and give you a top 4 D in return?
Posted by calquake on 03/06/13 at 03:53 PM ET

Ummmm…. because I’m awesome.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/06/13 at 04:56 PM ET

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Ummmm…. because I’m awesome.

Posted by Vladimir16 on 03/06/13 at 03:56 PM ET

Well, as long as you put it that way.

Posted by calquake on 03/06/13 at 05:04 PM ET

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Well, as long as you put it that way.
Posted by calquake on 03/06/13 at 04:04 PM ET

LOL

 

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/06/13 at 05:11 PM ET

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Seems we’re always waiting in Detroit anymore.  Waiting for new kids to hit the roster, when none of them can break the roster we think, maybe we’ll trade them.. nope too valuable.  Fair enough, so you’d think 4 years pro, you’re missing half your top 6 and you’ve got the same players you keep sending down to play “significant” minutes in the minors, so logical next step is, call them up, put them in.  We kept them down for years after they were capable 4th liners because they should be playing in the top 6.  Fine.  We’re missing a whole top 6 line and these kids are currently called up, yet logging the least ice-time on the team? 

I’m starting to question the coaching and development of Grand Rapids if they can’t get a scouted hockey player up to speed in 4/5 years.

Last minor leaguer to step in an impact right away was Helm in the playoffs.  Gus definitely looked at home in the top 6 last year, but he needs top 6 minutes so keep in Gr.. wait…

Anyways.

Grand Rapids needs to get their shit together for not being able to send Detroit a player who can play defense.  What’s the point in being brought up a Wing if you still suck 4 years later?  They draft offensive guys so it’s not like they have to work on that part of their game as much as learning 2-way play.  4 years and they still don’t get it.  They deserve their 8 minutes a night.  pfft.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/06/13 at 05:13 PM ET

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Why not?  Why are they untouchable George?  The core of our team is getting old really fast. 

Golly, whyever would a bunch of young players be valuable to a team with an aging core?

Let’s all just ponder that for a second.  Hmm.  Why would a team with an aging core not want to trade away their best prospects.  Damn.  It’ll come to me eventually, I just know it.

Well, anyway, I’ll let that percolate for a second.

No one in the farm system is untouchable, in my opinion, because not a single one of them is a proven commodity at the NHL level. We’re not talking top five picks here.

This is odd, because I sort of recall endless yammering and yowling for just these kinds of players to either be on the roster ahead of established vets or slid up the depth chart ahead of vets.  Now all of a sudden the same people who screech about how stubborn Holland and/or Babcock are for not playing the kids enough for their tastes are agitating for kids to be boatraced out of town for some 28-32 year old vet?

Good grief, this season is making people brains go soft.

 

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/06/13 at 05:15 PM ET

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This is odd, because I sort of recall endless yammering and yowling for just these kinds of players to either be on the roster ahead of established vets or slid up the depth chart ahead of vets.

Your complete lack of comprehension is completely incredible.

Posted by Garth on 03/06/13 at 05:29 PM ET

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I’m starting to question the coaching and development of Grand Rapids if they can’t get a scouted hockey player up to speed in 4/5 years.

Filppula, Helm, Abdelkader, Emmerton, Howard, Kronwall, Lashoff, Kindl, Ericsson, Tatar, Andersson, Quincey (sort of).

12 players on the current roster developed at the Wings AHL affiliate not quite enough for you?  Well, add Hudler for a baker’s dozen then.

That aside, sometimes a player isn’t actually good enough to play at the NHL level regardless of the amount of coaching he receives.  The large majority of draft picks fit that description.  Considering where they pick and how often they’ve (not) selected for the past 15 years, Detroit’s actually done a really strong job of drafting serviceable NHL guys and getting them to the NHL level.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/06/13 at 06:05 PM ET

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HHD, your inability to detect sarcasm is completely incredible as well.

That fact that Tatar can play 4 years in the AHL and get 8 mins of ice-time when .. nevermind you wont get it.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/06/13 at 08:50 PM ET

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HHD’s attempts to twist arguments to suit his own needs is all right, but he probably should’ve been left in the minors a little longer to over-ripen.

Posted by Garth on 03/06/13 at 10:04 PM ET

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