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03/18/2022 at 4:19pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings have known too well, for the sixth consecutive season, the life of a selling, non-playoff team. They've seen plenty of teammates sent to playoff contenders this time of year.

It's likely going to happen again before Monday. Defenseman Nick Leddy was held out of Thursday's game in Vancouver, called a "management decision" by the Wings, with several other players possibly joining Leddy.

“Unfortunately we’ve been here too many times in the last number of years (sellers) and I’ve seen guys react different ways,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “To think that it’s not something that’s talked about in the locker room would be false. There's a reality to it. These guys are humans. There's consequences to trades, moving to different teams, different cities, new friends. Guys that stay here losing friends, all that kind of stuff.

"You’d rather not be in that spot, but it’s a spot that unfortunately we’re in based on our record and we’ll see what happens.”

Leddy is a potential unrestricted free agent this summer, as are defensemen Marc Staal and Troy Stecher, goalie Thomas Greiss, and forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Sam Gagner.

The Wings might be interested in retaining some of those players (Staal seems a distinct possibility) but not all.

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