Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers some fan mail.
The first question is regarding the Wings at the trade deadline,
Yzerman has said he wants to add more picks to the eight the Wings hold in the 2020 draft, but he may be hard pressed to do so. Mike Green, Trevor Daley and Jimmy Howard are among veterans on expiring contracts, but they’ve all struggled this season. Maybe a contender inquires about Green because he has been successful especially on power plays in the past on good teams, but he isn’t going to yield much in return. Daley is a mobile puck mover but he has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons. Howard has struggled too much to draw interest.
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Forward Andreas Athanasiou scored 30 goals last season, but this season has been dismal — at the time he suffered a lower-body injury Dec. 29, Athanasiou had 5 goals, 14 assists and a minis-35 rating in 36 games. That has tarnished his trade value, and there’s no sense in moving a 25-year-old with his skill set — explosive speed, soft hands — unless the return is something that really boosts the rebuild. He should still draw interest, though. Maybe the Penguins consider him, since they lost Jake Guentzel to shoulder surgery on Dec. 31.
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