Garrioch reports that Green is ‘on the market’; DeKeyser may be in play as well

UPDATE: Garrioch says that DeKeyser isn’t “on the market.” So take note!

The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch penned his trade rumor column on Sunday night, and my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I read the following:

Two league executives told this newspaper Sunday the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks have all joined the Senators on the list of teams looking to unload.

The Rangers have been very public about their desire to sell off assets and there are several contenders trying to get forward Rick Nash.

The Sabres are looking to move winger Evander Kane while the Canucks are offering up blueliner Ben Hutton. The Wings have defencemen Mike Green on the market and teams have called about Danny DeKeyser while Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has been aggressive in his pursuit of a Max Pacioretty trade.

Garrioch continues, and…

Teams want Danny DeKeyser? Are you kidding me? I can’t imagine the Wings moving DeKeyser without having to eat a substantial portion of that 5-year, $30 million contract…But that’s good news.

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20 thoughts on “Garrioch reports that Green is ‘on the market’; DeKeyser may be in play as well”

  1. DDK- 6pts 38 SOG and 0 PPP. Holland should be fired for giving him a 30M contract. he doesn’t even lead our defenseman in hits or blocked shots. Garrioch must be drunk, again.

  2. Although I would love to get rid of DeKeyser’s contract, I would not retain salary to make the deal. With the team limit of two partial salary retentions, Detroit would benefit more by using salary retention to increase trade value of expiring contracts such as Green and Mrazek. That gives them the flexibility to repeat the process next year.

    Yes, we will be in the same position next year.

    1. I think we’re going to see a team that struggles with talent for a couple of years to come as the Wings wait for their heavier contracts to expire…

      1. I hope not because some of those deadweight contracts aren’t expiring for 4 or 5 years.

        Though I guess that would accomplish the tanking on its own.

        1. I’ve said for a long time now that “water finds its level,” and by that I mean that the roster will sink or swim to the place in the standings that it’s meant to finish. The league is so tight that the Wings could finish anywhere from 17th to 27th or 28th depending on how far they fall down the stretch. :/

  3. Even if they have to eat some of his salary, trading DK would be a good sign that KH can admit to his mistakes. The DK contract is the worst one on the team right now IMO.

  4. DeKeyser would maybe be fine would be not be overpaid like he is. I guess he is 27 still, there’s time for him to develop some more under different circumstances.

    Boy, if DET could move both Green and DeKeyser for decent returns, that’d be fantastic. I wonder what kind of return DeKeyser could get. Nowhere near Green, I’m guessing.

    I also have wondered if Brendan Smith’s NYR Adventure will make teams pause at the idea of trading for DET’s d-men or not. We loved Smith’s return, but at the time a lot of folks genuinely felt Smith was worth it. He obviously wasn’t. I wonder if that could play a role in reducing Green or DeKeyser’s value.

    I still say Ericsson’s contract is far, far worse hockeyfreak13, because I think everyone forgets he has an inexplicable NTC. DET can’t move him if they want to, or if someone else actually wanted him.

    1. I could be convinced that overall Ericsson’s is worse, but right now DK’s contract is 2 year’s longer and also has an NTC. I’ve resigned myself to the likelihood that E is here to the end. And I’m OK with that. I think he’s a more consistent defender than DK right now. DK was supposed to provide some offense. Outside of his recent, somewhat fluky, 3 goal outburst, he hasn’t.

      1. IIRC DeKeyser’s NTC doesn’t actually kick in for a couple more seasons, so it’s not an issue right now. Though when that does come up, it’s goign to probably be a problem.

        1. Unfortunately, it’s just the modified NTC that doesn’t kick in for a couple more seasons. If you can think of a player on this team that should be moved, they probably have an NTC.

  5. Darren Helm’s is worse in my opinion. An oft injured player with no hands whose only value is on penalty kill. The older he gets the more likely his injuries will get worse, not better. He’s a guy I’d love to see them pin on some other team for his penalty kill skils and just dump that contract.

    1. Helm’s contract I think it tops for me too, because there was no reason for him to stay. When E was signed, the reaction was positive overall, most were happy with the deal and we could not let another top 4 dman walk out (at the time E was top 4 no question, and he would’ve been the 4th to leave consecutively). DDK had to be resigned, everyone can play Monday morning QB, but he had to, however, not to this ridiculously overpaid over termed contract, but again no way you could let him walk, he could have improved. With Helm, he is what he is, no more upside, injury downside, and he’s a repetitive player that we already had in this lineup, there was just no reason to not let him walk, yet here he is, in a wings jersey.

      1. Totally agree. The previous playoffs, Helm was directly responsible for two Tampa goals that cost the game and the series. I turned to my friends and said, “Well, at least we know Helm won’t be back now, after that display.”. I pretty much lost all faith in KH when he resigned Helm, and to that contract. That was the final straw for me.

  6. This may be fantasy, but LTIR next year for both Kronwall & Z would free up 10.5M. DK trade holding back 1.5M would free up another 3.5M. With Green gone, that would be a total of 20M.
    But we’re still stuck with Nielsen & Abdelkader for 4-5 more years at 9.5M!
    Somehow, KH missed the out-year planning portion in his cap-management training curriculum.

    1. LTIR is not a bottomless toilet where Franzen, Zee, and Kronwall can all hide. There are limits to the cap relief. Try again.

      1. Instead of being rude, how about you explain to everyone about those limits. I can’t find a solid source for a maximum amount of cap relief.

          1. Thank you. I appreciate the idea and knowledge sharing, instead of trying to tear other people down. Take notes, FatSavage.

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