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Discussing A Zadina For Brannstrom Trade

Max Bultman and Ian Mendes of The Athletic discuss a Filip Zadina trade to Ottawa for Erik Brannstrom.

Bultman: I don’t think it works for Detroit. Change of scenery trades do happen in the NHL, and Brannstrom is certainly young enough that he could very well pop in new surroundings (or, of course, with more time in Ottawa). But I’m not sure Brannstrom really checks many boxes for the Red Wings right now. For starters, he’s not the profile of defenseman they’ve targeted so far under Yzerman — over the last three years, Detroit has gravitated toward defenseman with long, rangy builds, whereas Brannstrom stands 5-foot-10. Add in that the offense hasn’t actually materialized yet for Brannstrom, and the fit looks tenuous.

But beyond that, Detroit’s left-side defense pipeline is one of the areas the franchise has invested the most draft capital in recent years — using a first-rounder, three second-rounders, and two third-round picks on left shot ‘D’ in the last three years alone. So trading a young player at one of their positions of relative weakness (scoring wing) for a left-shot ‘D’ who is outside their typical profile at the position is just tough for me to see.

The Red Wings will likely need short-term left-side ‘D’ help next year, with some key contracts expiring. But I think it’s more likely they’ll look to add veteran stability to insulate young prospects like Simon Edvinsson and Albert Johansson when they arrive, rather than another relatively unproven blueliner — even knowing Brannstrom’s pedigree.

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Paul's avatar

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

What Does Future Hold For Namestnikov?
In the past, Namestnikov has been a 20-goal scorer in the NHL. As recently as two seasons ago, he potted 17 goals. With 11 goals in 40 games this season, Namestnikov is on pace for a career-high 23 goals.

At the same time, he’s 29 and the Red Wings remain firmly in rebuild mode. Does signing a veteran forward to a multi-year deal make sense when the club will be needing to make room on the roster for the likes of Jonatan Berggren, Elmer Soderblom and Theodor Niederbach? And don’t forget that Jakub Vrana (shoulder surgery) will be back sometime next month.

On the other hand, Namestnikov is among the few Red Wings forwards who are both willing and able to go to the dirty areas of the ice and be productive….

Contract Talks In Drydock
As far as signing a new deal with the Wings, well that matter hasn’t even been discussed.

Namestnikov answered with a blunt “no” when asked if there’d been any contract negotiations intiated between him and the Red Wings.

“Right now we’re just focusing on next game,” Namestnikov said. “I don’t know when my agent will figure that out for sure.”

Of course, it’s always feasible that Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman could decide to have his cake and eat it, too. There’s nothing preventing him from moving Namestnikov at the trade deadline and then signing him to a new pact in the summer.

“I grew up here and I love everything about it, so it’d be great to stay for sure,” Namestnikov said.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/20/22 at 11:38 AM ET

RW19's avatar

According to Ottawa media, for example the audio clip that is up on TSN1200 right now, Brannstrom is closer to 5’07 than 5’10. Dave Poulin does a good job describing his limitations and where he would fit in on an NHL defense. Not a great review.

Posted by RW19 on 01/20/22 at 11:59 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

To be clear, there is no meat to any of this rumor. And I’m glad, bkz it sounds like a terrible trade from the Detroit side, unless significantly sweetened by the Sens.

Posted by Steeb on 01/20/22 at 01:00 PM ET

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