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Trade Detroit's UFAs, Then Re-Sign Them In July If Need Be

02/18/2019 at 2:20pm EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The NHL trade deadline is one week away, and Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland continues to weigh whether to sign some pending free agents or trade them for whatever he can get.

The focus appears to be on three players – goaltender Jimmy Howard, winger Gustav Nyquist and defenseman Nick Jensen.

Holland would like to sign all three, and all have expressed a desire to stay, but a deal must be equitable for both sides.

“I need to weigh which of them we consider re-signing because they can help us in ’19-20 and then we maybe need to do something to add to that in the summer of ’19 because if you just trade all those players away your team is worse,” Holland said. “So now you got to make moves to get back to where you’re at and even beyond and that’s hard to do in the summer.”

Why not trade whoever you can for whatever you can get and then try re-signing them on July 1?

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