Yes he is off pace from last season, but so is everyone not names Zetterberg or Datsyuk. Filppula is coming off a career best 66 points in 81 games, and you are saying all he would get us in return is a middle of the road depth player or a mediocre prospect? Really? So lets say trading Filppula for Jordin Tootoo would have been an even swap? Or lets say we trade Filpulla for TJ Hensick? Gimme a break guys, you really under value Val right about now. I am not saying you could get Shea Weber for him, but he has more value than a mediocre prospect...expecially if you package Tatar and our 1st rounder which seems like it may be a top 15 the more I watch this team...maybe even a top 10.
No matter how you slice it, Val and Johan are the two most tradeable assets this team has. You are not going to see Smith traded or Helm. Abdelkader is a slight possibilty but he plays his role fine here and enjoys it. I can see Abby being a Red Wing until he retires. So if you guys don't think we can get anything of value for Flip or Franzine, then we may as well start tanking the next 5 season so we can get those top 5 picks for the next 5 years in a row...
Nyquist is perhaps our #1 prospect, maybe he just doesn't fit in Detroit too well. Filppula would be an asset to someone (espcially Anaheim) and if the Wings fail to make the playoffs that 1st round pick would be a top 15. Filppula is a playmaker, not a scorer. He has hands, yes, but he is primarily a playmaker, that is why he has not turned into a prolific scorer playing with Datsyuk. If Filppula played with Selanne on his wing, you would see Fil's point total improve by at least 50% if not more. He can be a great #1 or #2 center for another team, and he has value. He just has nowhere to be a center here, not with Dats, Z and Helm. Fil is far too good to be a #4 center. Besides, I just threw Nyquist in there, lets say it was Tatar (which I dont think Holland would part with) but whatever.
So who would you think it would cost to get us a top d-man here? Don't just come here and bash someone's thoughts, tell us what makes more sense, because standing pat on our D right now makes NO sense what-so-ever...
It isn't like Selanne is struggling and needs a set up man. Not to mention, he's 42 years old and who knows how much longer he will play. So, the Ducks are going to trade Bobby Ryan so Teemu can play with a buddy for maybe a year? The only reason they would be trading Bobby Ryan would be for cap space, so why would they acquire Flip and pay him 5 mil? It doesn't make sense for Anaheim at all. It only makes sense in your mind.
Filppula hasn't proven that he can be a solid #3 center, let alone a #1 or 2 center. He's done absolutley nothing on the second power play unit. Granted he doesn't have a lot of talent out there with him, but true playmakers can set up even the worst stone hands.
I have absolutely no idea what it would to take to get a top line player....Likely another top player, prospect or draft pick, the latter of which, the Wings don't have an abundance of. What the Wings have is cap space. Unfortunately, the free agent market is fairly sparse. I don't follow other teams cap space and contract situations very closely, so I can't say who might be available due to a team needing cap space or a salary dump.
Are Filppula and Franzen tradeable assets? Sure, but I don't think they have the trade value that you seem to think they do. Franzen is older and injury prone and while his cap hit isn't high, a team is stuck with him for quite a long time due to his contract.