It is no secret that the Detroit Red Wings have had an unimpressive season, and while a playoff run has typically been the team's focus, management is now focusing on the club's long-term success.
The trade deadline is on the horizon and Red Wings GM Ken Holland is not looking for rentals for this mediocre season.
"We're not going to be a buyer. We're not going to trade future assets to try to bring in somebody to make us a little better," Holland told Holland told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket on Thursday. "We're either going to stand pat or we're going to see if teams have interest in some of our players. That's what I'll work the phone to do here over the next three to four weeks."
Detroit needs a solid blueline, and as any GM knows, if the deal is there you take it. Unfortunately, for Holland, that deal does not look promising at this point.
"If there's an opportunity to swing a deal to bring in a defenseman that makes us better, my history has been I'll pull the trigger, I'll trade future assets," Holland said. "But at the end of the day, I haven't pulled the trigger because that opportunity has not presented itself."
The Red Wings are expected to trade the likes of forwards Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott, and defenseman Brendan Smith, by the trade deadline. All three players are in the final year of their respective deal and can become unrestricted free agents July 1.
According to various reports, the Wings have also entertained calls on forwards Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco and Gustav Nyquist.
Jurco is believed to be on the trade block, while Tatar and Nyquist would command larger returns and likely be included in a deal for a higher-end player, a move that is more likely to occur in the off-season.