The NHL’s website has posted a “Trade Buzz” article that happens to include some familiar “buzz” about the Red Wings’ possible trades:
Coach Jeff Blashill said goaltender Petr Mrazek will start at Carolina on Friday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-D, NHL.TV), which could provide another opportunity to showcase the 25-year-old goaltender for a possible trade.
It will be the fourth start in five games for Mrazek, a pending restricted free agent who is looking like a valuable commodity again. After going 3-5-1 with an .885 save percentage in his first 12 games this season, he has gone 3-0-1 with a .965 save percentage in his past five games.
The Red Wings (20-21-8) are likely to be sellers. With 48 points, they are eight behind the Flyers for the second wild card into the playoffs from the East. They have four teams to leapfrog and are bunched with the Florida Panthers (48 points) and Montreal Canadiens (46).
Defenseman Mike Green is the most likely candidate to move; he’s a pending unrestricted free agent who has 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 49 games and a coveted right-handed shot. He could fit on the third pair and the power play for a Stanley Cup contender.
But the Red Wings need to look at other opportunities to add assets for the future, and Mrazek might be able to fetch something, especially if he continues to play well.