Exactly, people sometimes seem to forget that you have to give up something in order to get something back. Hudler with his salary and for what he provides is our most realistic player to move.
This is an important point. Without Hudler, would you say Detroit lacks scoring? No. Complete opposite. But does Detroit have the defensive strength for a long playoff run? Not at all.
Doesn't have to be Hudler, just he offers nothing except scoring so if I had to trade a forward in a situation like that I'd choose him.
In order to seal up our defence maybe our offence needs to take a little bit of a hit, but if thats what is necessary to stop this team from giving up so many goals then that is what must be done. We are simply not going to win much in the playoffs if this team doesnt seriously crack down on the back end.
Chris Phillips and a 4th for Hudler will do the trick I think. We need to get a legit stay at home type defenceman that can play like pre concussion Lilja did. Right now the wings have a bunch of guys who ALL try to play offensively. Salei even jumps up in the play quite a bit and plays a little bit risky. A shut down stay at home, shot blocking, PKer is what the wings need to get. Phillips is a good person to look at