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The Wings At The Trade Deadline And At This Point Of The Season

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers 2 questions from the fans.  The topic is player movement at the deadline,

They should be able to move at least one – Nick Leddy. He hasn’t played well enough offensively or defensively (one goal, 11 points, team-worst minus-21 rating), but he is a veteran, mobile, puck-moving defenseman with ample postseason experience who would draw interest from a playoff contending club.

The Red Wings traded a second-round pick to the New York Islanders for Leddy. Could they get one back for him? Probably not, but they’ll take what they can get for a player they aren’t going to re-sign.

Vladislav Namestnikov is having a good season and would attract interest if the Red Wings opt not to re-sign him.

Marc Staal also is the final year of his contract but rather than ask him to waive his no-trade clause, the Red Wings might be inclined to re-sign him for another season. He has played well and is valued for his leadership (named alternate captain at the start of the season) and as a mentor to the young defensemen.

The club could look to move Thomas Greiss, but there usually isn’t a big market for goaltenders at the deadline unless a team needs to replace an injured netminder. And there would be better options than Greiss....

next question is regarding Jonatan ...Berggren

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

To extract the good from the weekend, the Detroit Red Wings played physical and were in position to win. To distill the results, they only managed one point out of four available and their power play let them down.

The Wings have time to practice before their next game, Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena against the Chicago Blackhawks. It's the third straight game against a Western Conference opponent, and the Wings are coming off a 0-1-1 weekend excursion at  Nashville and at home against the Dallas Stars.

"Every night is a measuring stick and certainly when you play good teams, you find out a lot about yourself," coach Jeff Blashill said after Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Predators. "In my opinion, we should have won," Friday and Saturday, "we could have won. It was a fairly even game."

The Wings had the lead against the Stars with six minutes to play after Tyler Bertuzzi scored on a power play. But the Stars gambled and pulled their goalie, and were rewarded with a tying goal. They made good on having an extra attacker again in overtime, securing a 5-4 victory while Robby Fabbri stewed over a tripping penalty.

"We have to find ways to win," Blashill said. "I've talked about this before — we've done a little better job of that, but we have to keep going."

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Max Bultman of The Athletic takes a look at players in the pipeline, today the defense.

I’m skipping some of the well-known names…

The other young defenseman expected to make the jump to North America next year is 2019 second-round pick Albert Johansson. Currently in his third SHL season with Färjestad, Johansson is continuing to put points on the board with 17 in 34 games despite limited power-play opportunity. Horcoff described his season as a little bit up and down, noting Färjestad’s deep blue line, on which Johansson has “had to fight for everything he’s getting.” He’s felt that Johansson has rebounded well from early adversity, though, and Johansson’s skill set remains enticing.

In terms of his profile, you can think of Johansson somewhat similarly to current Red Wings defenseman Nick Leddy: an average-sized blue liner with strong skating and puck-moving ability, who can play on the power play. The Red Wings also like his competitiveness and do not view him as solely an offensive-minded player.

Like Edvinsson, he’s expected to come to North America next year, and his play in camp will dictate whether he starts in Grand Rapids or Detroit. Because Johansson (who just turned 21) is a three-year pro already, the Red Wings don’t view him as a true rookie who will need to learn to play against men. But physically, he’s still going to need to add strength, especially if he’s going to step right into the NHL.

“It’s going to be a big summer for him,” Horcoff said.

more defensemen…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/24/22 at 10:02 AM ET

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I don’t know what the deal has been with Leddy but he’s just not been good at all on this team.  I was not a fan of us giving up a 2nd rounder for him but understood the thought process, but it’s not panned out as hoped.  If they can get anything for him in return at the deadline, the Wings absolutely should.  SOME team should give something for him.  And there’s no reason to try bring him back next year.

Staal is an interesting one.  He is about as immobile as Ericsson but can make the right moves and passes.  I see no issue keeping him if he wants to stay, which it sounds like he likes Detroit. 

Greiss…I’m betting they don’t resign him, but I can’t imagine any team wanting him at the deadline.  He’s an average/below-average goalie. 

Namesnikov - I hope they bring him back next year.  He’s got a spark and can bury the puck.  Nothing flashy but a good player on the 2nd/3rd lines.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/24/22 at 11:04 AM ET

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The RedWings today assigned Calvin Pickard to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and reassigned Kyle Criscuolo and Luke Witkowski to the Griffins from the team’s taxi squad.

Additionally, Detroit reassigned Kaden Fulcher to the team’s taxi squad from the Griffins.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/24/22 at 11:49 AM ET

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In my humble opinion, we’re still two years from being relevant.  Yzerman is to be commended for re-positioning the franchise so quickly after Ken Holland had all but wrecked the team.  That being said, we need to see, and fairly quickly, where we are with our kids.  I’m all for giving those high on the food chain a good close look at the NHL level.  Who really knows if we have some other Seiders and Raymonds just waiting in the wings (no pun intended).

Posted by WingDingy on 01/24/22 at 12:41 PM ET


The 2 Detroit Red Wings players I could see get traded around the deadline are Nick Leddy and Vladislav Namestikov. If Troy Stetcher becomes healthy and returns in mid-late February. I could see him get traded as well. The more games Stetcher gets in the higher his trade stock could go up. There is a real possibility that Vlad Namestikov could get the highest return. With Namestikov versatility, he could become very valuable for a contending team. Ala the Tampa Bay Lighting. We’ve seen as high as 1st round draft picks for bottom six players like Barclay Goodrow. Namestikov is an ideal penalty killer and can be sloted in either forward position as well as any line. I think that in Detroit’s best case scenario if everything goes extremely well during the draft deadline. Detroit could garner as much as this in return:

Vladislav Namestikov traded to the Tampa Bay Lighting (with 50 percent salary retained) for a 2022 1st round draft pick.

Nick Leddy traded to the New York Rangers (with 50 percent salary retained) for a conditional 2022 1st round draft pick. The pick becomes a first if the Rangers makes it to at least the conference finals. Otherwise it becomes a 2nd.

Troy Stetcher traded to the Carolina Hurricanes (with 50 percent salary retained) for a conditional 2022 2nd round draft pick. The pick becomes a 2nd round draft pick if Carolina makes it to the Conference finals. Otherwise it becomes (Chicago’s) 3rd.

Thomas Greiss traded to Minnesota (with 50 percent salary retained) for a 2022 3rd round draft pick.

Posted by AdrenRush369 on 01/25/22 at 05:51 AM ET

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