As it stands today Detroit is 10th in the West, and could fall if any of a few teams with games at hand win. They have an inability to hold leads, and haven't been healthy since the first game of the season. All this being said, with the short season, the number of teams that are buying for the last couple spots. And the fact Detroit doesn't seem to have the special teams, goaltending, defense or durability for a long playoff run, should Detroit buy or sell in a month when at the deadline?
Pros of being buyers:
- They could find a Brad Stuart steal, and bolster the defense.
- If you make the show there's always a chance you make the finals
- This trade deadline could see big names move, and Detroit does have assets in the farm that others teams want
Cons of being buyers:
- With a lot of potential buyers, and good defensemen being a premium price could be high
- Anyone moved to Detroit isn't guaranteed to stay after the season
- While Detroit's farm is in good shape, aside from a few players, a lot of the prospects are boom/bust.
Pros of being sellers:
- With a very deep draft this season, any first or second round picks could turn into impact players in the next few seasons.
- With a deep free agency coming up in the off season, any salary cleared now will allow Holland more room to pick up a high profile FA
- Good chance of an over-payment for a player with a lot of teams looking to buy.
Cons of being a seller:
- Good chance they will either miss the playoffs or be bounced early with the subtraction of any NHL level talent
- If they trade Abdelkader or Cleary who will we scapegoat?
So, I'd really like to see what others have to say, since this is just around the corner (5 weeks from now).