MLive’s Ansar Khan reminds Red Wings fans who “they’re dealing with” (pun intended) this morning:
“I want us to be a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup,” general manager Ken Holland said earlier in the week. “We’re competitive. We’re not quite where we need to be. To be where we want to be, I got to acquire draft picks. We need to hit on those draft picks, and the more draft picks that I can acquire, or young players through trades, is a better chance that we’re going to wake up three, four, five years from now and start to see the young players coming on to the team and having an impact on the team.”
Defenseman Mike Green is the most likely player to be dealt because he’s an unrestricted free agent after the season. Detroit has had extensive talks with Tampa Bay, but the Lightning’s first priority is Erik Karlsson, the star Ottawa appears poised to deal. Green has missed six games with a sore neck but is close to returning.
The Red Wings are trying to move one of Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist. Nashville has shown interest, but there are stumbling blocks with both. Tatar has three years remaining at a cap hit of $5.3 million, which might be too rich for some teams. Nyquist has a full no-trade clause.
Toronto is interested in Luke Glendening as a fourth-line shutdown center but doesn’t appear willing to meet the Red Wings’ asking price of a second-round pick or good prospect.
The Red Wings made it known weeks ago that defenseman Xavier Ouellet is available. He hasn’t cracked the lineup on a regular basis.