A young top-4 defenseman to replace Lidstrom? A top-1 defenseman is more like it. So you trade Hudler and Kindl or Ericsson for a guy like that?
Okay, who do you think fills that role AND is available via trade. Suter, maybe? Yandle, possibly? Or perhaps we could be really lucky and get Enstrom?
I don't see any of Nashville, Phoenix, or Winnipeg giving up those guys for Hudler and Kindl/Ericsson, unless the defenseman we trade is playing solid top-four quality this season. And if Ericsson and Kindl do that, and Hudler plays well, why trade them for Suter when he can be signed in July?
Holland will never land another "Lidstrom" caliber dman from FA. My post was top4 with top2 potential. I couldn't even speculate who they would target because they can see talent before most anyone else will. I'm sure Red Wings brass have a good idea who can advance to the next star level.
Just throwing some names around to entertain you, perhaps a team would like to unload or beef up anther spot on their roster by adding a legit scoring line forward and a cheap(er) young dman with positive upside (i.e. Kindl/Ericsson).
Again, those names are obvious, I'm sure Holland and company can sniff out legit top2 potential dmen that we probably rarely heard of or notice. Like I said, we won't be replacing Lidstrom, so the next best thing is having top quality defense depth (ala Penguins).