Is it impossible to think that it could happen? I suppose not. But I can't see that it makes sense for either team. I think if you put ideas out there, be prepared for discussion of the pros and cons.
The Wings aren't a tough defenseman away from being Cup favorites. With Girardi being a UFA and no guarantees he'd sign here, I wouldn't want to give up that much for him. Sure, Girardi for Quincey is a no brainer, but I don't think there's anyone who's ready this season to replace Smith in the lineup should we trade him. It would make the team worse this season and going forward.
Oh, come on, man. You know I'm "prepared for discussion of the pros and cons." At the same time, I was pretty explicit about these being fairly unrealistic - though not impossible - ideas. And there's a lot of disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing in this thread. (I myself am probably guilty on a few counts.)
The Wings aren't a tough defenseman away from being Cup favorites. But we need a top-four defenseman. Dan Girardi is a top-four defenseman on an expiring contract who hasn't been performing up to his standards and has been the subject of trade rumors. And whose current cap hit is a comfy $3.325 million. My proposal was Smith + Quincey + a first-round pick. (My understanding is that the upcoming draft class is thin.) I don't think that makes a ton of sense for Sather, but I'm basically assuming Girardi has a foot out the door, i.e. he's not going to re-sign. Sather won't want to lose him for nothing. In which case he'd probably get a great return from a team not named the Detroit Red Wings - but I'm not trying to predict the future here or sell cold and calculated reason. I'm trying to figure out how we might get Girardi without gutting our team.
Girardi (or, again, someone else. Doesn't have to be Girardi) would give us a solid top four. We don't have a solid top four. We need a solid top four. We could also use a right-handed shot and a guy who can log big minutes playing in every conceivable situation and blocking a ton of shots. Here is what we might have with Girardi on board:
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Dan Girardi
Jakub Kindl Brian Lashoff
(And we'd hope that he'd re-sign with us, because everyone re-signs.)
I think that makes sense for us. I think that blue line could compete for the Cup.
Like I've said, waiting until free agency makes more sense, but I was working with a self-assigned premise, which is that we'd be big players at the deadline.
I've kinda derailed the thread, so I'll leave this be until I post my CapGeek nonsense.
Edited by Dabura, 18 January 2014 - 10:18 PM.