I guess that Franzen, Bert, Sammy, Carlo, Helm... are going to be our additions at the deadline... at the same time, Franzen is our deadline addition for the past 4 years. Kenny just can't make a trade.
That's the frustrating part. He can, but just won't. There are deals to be had for guys who can help this team. Holland just won't do them. He's too afraid to make a deal because of injury. He's giving up on the deadline before it even begins. I'm sick and tired of seeing us stand by and do nothing while everyone around is either already better or gets better.
I, for one, would like to hear you spout off. What trades do you think are doable and why exactly would you do them?
OK then, you asked for it
Ken Holland has become a broken record. Every year, it's the same old line of BS when the deadline rolls around. He sits on his cap space and gives an excuse for doing nothing long before the deadline even gets here.
This just isn't wise with this team. When you have as many injuries as we've had, you make deals to fill the holes. We haven't, and because of that, this team has hovered around .500 and struggled mightily with inconsistency. We have more dead weight on the roster than we know what to do with.
Unfortunately, because of having so much dead weight (and signing more dead weight in the offseason i.e. Samuelsson and Colaiacovo), trading will be tough. We have depth in the minors and have many attractive prospects. Riley Sheahan and Landon Ferraro come to mind. Both project to be NHL-caliber forwards and could be very attractive trade pieces. Sheahan's recent run-in with the law may make him hard to deal, though. With guys like Jarnkrok, Pulkinnen, Tatar, Andersson, and Nyquist, these two are valuable, but expendable. They can also be easily replaced in this year's draft. Draft picks will probably have to be added to deals involving them.
If needed, we have plenty of roster players who we could add in. Get rid of Clearly. Old, slow, and doesn't provide much at either end anymore. I wouldn't mind dealing Ericsson. He's way too soft and makes a ton of mistakes. Huskins can easily fill his spot while making far fewer mistakes. Samuelsson and Colaiacovo could probably be dealt. Both are made of glass and won't provide very much even when healthy. I'd rather keep good checkers/PK'ers like Miller, Emmerton and Eaves. Helm, Tatar and Andersson are out of the question.
Ian White is the interesting trump card in all this. He could be very valuable to a team like Carolina or St. Louis, who are seeking upgrades on defense and have forwards to deal. The fact is, the D-corps has played much better since he's been a scratch. I love White, don't get me wrong, but his recent comments have irked me. If a need can be filled, send him on his way.
Our D-corps has settled in and their play has vastly improved. For me, that need has somewhat dissipated. The focus should be on acquiring a proven sniper to play in the top-6. I'm not asking for a 40-goal superstar, just someone who can twitch the twine regularly. Franzen can't do that. Let's not even go there. Filpulla has regressed badly. Bertuzzi is just too old to count on. Zetterberg only has 6 on the season.
I would look at guys like these:
Marian Gaborik - Slight rumblings that he's available. He has a massive cap hit and would be very costly. However, Glen Sather never shies away from a deal and the Rangers need depth at forward. Rick Nash makes Gabby expendable. He would be unreal playing in our top-6. He would be unreal playing in anyone's top-6
Peter Mueller - Has a lot of skill and is still developing at 24. Could be low-risk/high-reward type of deal. Can score and was a 20-goal guy his rookie season.
Dany Heatley - I know, I know. He's not the elite player he used to be. But, put him with Datsyuk, and I guarantee his goal totals come back up. This guy can still fill the net. Is he what he was in Atlanta and Ottawa? No. But he can still put the biscuit in the basket. It's as simple as that.
Patrik Berglund - Gets overlooked with the precense of T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen, but is nonetheless very skilled and a proven goal-scorer. 25+ is the floor with his skill level. Again, if played with Datsyuk, could score 30+.
David Perron - If he can stay healthy, has 30-goal skill and work ethic without a great center. Power-forward who plays physical and gives a great effort. Has proven his consistency.
Matt D'Agostini - Injuries are a concern, but he has shown his ability to score when healthy. Had 21 goals in his only full season. If the concussion is behind him and he's ready to produce, Datsyuk could make him into a very valuable forward.
Mike Ribeiro - Crafty forward with a proven nose for the net. Has been around winning teams and would know his role well.
Ryane Clowe - Has proven his goal-scoring ability in the past. He's basically another Abdelkader with a lot more offensive skill. Struggles this season would probably steer Holland away.
Jarome Iginla - Will have big competition from Pittsburgh, Boston, Buffalo and Philadelphia, but would be a good pickup. Obviously can score and would fit in well.
Brendan Morrow - A little bit of a stretch, but is a gritty power-forward who can score goals. Good leadership qualities. Age is still a concern, only consider if a rental.
Tuomo Ruutu - Jim Rutherford probably won't want to move him, but he's relatively young and has good skill and physicality. We tried and failed last year.
Drew Stafford - Really a last resort, but can also score goals. Only consider if all else fails. He's injury-prone and proven to be a little inconsistent.
Edited by DetroitRedWings1993, 06 March 2013 - 01:17 PM.