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February 27, 2017 | 11:21am ET
Detroit trade talks heating up
TheFourthPeriod.com

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has been fairly busy these last couple of days and trade talk involving several of his players has picked up steam.

Holland has recently been engaged in serious trade discussions involving left wing Thomas Vanek and defenseman Brendan Smith.

It's believed some teams interested in Vanek shifted their focus on him after failing to acquire Martin Hanzal on Sunday. Hanzal was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the Minnesota Wild.

The Chicago Blackhawks are among the teams to have inquired about Vanek, along with the Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames.

As reported on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night by Nick Kypreos, the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs have been in discussions on a deal involving Smith and forward Riley Sheahan.

Those trade talks are ongoing, though several other teams have expressed interest in Sheahan, who has one-year left on his contract after this season.

Smith's agent has spoken with Holland about a contract extension, but sources have told TFP a deal does not appear likely, at this stage, and a trade is expected barring a last minute change in negotiations.

The Wings have also received interest in forwards Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, and defenseman Danny DeKeyser. While Holland is open to exploring trades involving Nyquist and Tatar, it would take a significant offer for him to part with DeKeyser, who has five-years left on his deal.

 
 
 

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