MLive’s Ansar Khan updates the status of the Red Wings’ trade discussions:
The Detroit Red Wings would like to move several players for draft picks and/or prospects before Monday’s trade deadline.
But general manager Ken Holland doesn’t feel urgency to unload players under contract beyond this season. If he’s not comfortable with the return, he’ll wait until the off-season to resume trade talks.
“I’m open for business over the next year or two,” Holland said. “I’ve been talking to lots of teams. I’m open to talking about lots of things, but the reality of it is most of it doesn’t happen. But over the next year or two, we need to acquire more futures and we need those futures to get better. Lots of young kids over the next year or two are going to work their way into Grand Rapids. We got to continue to keep trying to funnel them from the draft table through Grand Rapids on to the Detroit Red Wings.”
Holland remained in Detroit Sunday, in meetings with the front-office and scouting staff, while the team is in New York to face the Rangers tonight (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) in the final game before Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
“I’ve done lots of talking in the last number of days,” he said. “We’ll see what the next 24 hours brings.”