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February 28, 2012 | 10:57am ET
Wings couldn't find a fit
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While the Red Wings traded defenseman Mike Commodore to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a seventh-round pick, the team remained relatively quiet on trade deadline day, the Detroit News reports.

After acquiring defenseman Kyle Quincey in the past week, the Commodore-deal cleared a roster spot for young blueliner Brendan Smith, but the Wings weren't able to make another trade to add depth up front.

"There wasn't a fit," GM Ken Holland said. "We tried to do a couple of moves, but either our (draft) picks weren't high enough because our team is high in the standings, or we didn't have the young players (other teams wanted)."

Holland attempted to take part in the hunt for Buffalo Sabres forward Paul Gaustad, but the big center ended up in Nashville for the Predators' first-round pick, an asset the Wings had earlier given up for Quincey.

However, Holland was not frustrated by the lack of a trade and believes the Wings can find the boost they're looking from within the roster.

"We're second overall and we have a good team," Holland added. "We made one move today. We think Brendan Smith is real close (to being an NHL regular) and it's not fair for Mike Commodore to be here and be passed over by Brendan Smith. Our depth is internal."

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