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January 18, 2012 | 10:36am ET
Wings getting ready for the deadline
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Detroit Red Wings are expected to discuss their options throughout the week during a three-day pro and amateur scouting meeting in Las Vegas, the Michigan News reports.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland will evaluate potential trade targets for a possible deal prior to the Feb. 27 deadline and assess this summerís crop of free agents.

"We'll go over all the teams, we'll go over our team, the real emphasis is on the trade deadline," Holland told the News. "But there's also free agency on July 1. We'll go over what we think we need and what might be out there for the trade deadline and also free agency."

The Wings have openly acknowledged their need for a goal-scoring winger and/or a gritty third- or fourth-line forward and, for the first time since the lockout, the team is $5.7 million under the salary cap.

Although Holland is more likely to add a complementary piece than a star player, it remains to be seen what he is willing to give up. He would reportedly prefer to move draft picks, middling prospects and/or fringe players rather then relinquishing a core player or a top prospect.

"There's the odd trade at the deadline that changes the balance of power, but at the end of the day, when I look at the Vancouver Canucks last year, they made some real nice trades at the deadline that gave them some depth, brought them some grit and were important players," Holland added. "Boston made two or three trades as well. They weren't the big names, they were guys that were the perfect fit."

The Wings are believed to have interest in forwards Tuomo Ruutu of the Carolina Hurricanes and Ales Hemsky of the Edmonton Oilers, who could both benefit from a change of scenery.

Holland could also have attempted to acquire either one of Anaheim Ducks' stars in Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf or Bobby Ryan.

However, Ducks GM Bob Murray would want established players in return, not picks and prospects, and the price would be too steep for the Wings. But if Ducks veteran Teemu Selanne agreed to waive his no-movement clause to end his career with a Stanley Cup contender, the Red Wings might be interested.

As for high-priced impending free agents forward Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils and defenseman Ryan Suter of the Nashville Predators, Holland seems more apt to chase them this summer through free agency.

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