Jun 13, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Truebeliever</b></div><div>It took me a minute to figure out that you were projecting ahead a year, which is hard to imagine. Getting JT would sure put the Red Wings back on the map, but then why on earth keep Zetterberg in the #2 centre spot?
Not sure the D is at all close to being up to snuff. Maybe there's a way to trade Zetterberg and or Abdelkader for some better D.
At forward, I'd forget about Vanek. He has the heart of a ... a ... a ... ok, he has no heart. If JT were going to come to Motown, he'd want better wingers than that. Tatar is decent, but you'd be better to trade 2-for-1 and get a Pacioretty, Marchand, Kucherov or Skinner than try to make a go of it with the likes of Vanek.
You can afford it: you're way overpaying Mantha for a second contract. He's great for a 22-year-old, but he's not GREAT. He's going to have to get a few more years under his belt.</div></div>
Zetterberg is not going anywhere. Abdelkader isn't going to get you a better D unless you throw in a high draft pick. I agree that the D is not that good, but look at Pittsburgh, their D was NOT that good for both of their Cup runs, but they implemented a system to get around their average (at best) D-core. I think Vanek really liked Detroit and I saw more heart and passion than I've seen in a long time out of him last year. Maybe he was trying to earn a contract, but who knows. I think a chance to maybe win a cup towards the end of his career would hopefully give him a boost.
This is a catastrophe. Zetterberg is not going anywhere and I doubt Toronto is interested in giving up a first rounder for an aging player like him, even if he can help them right now. This team is clearly broken, but I still don't think a full rebuild is necessarily needed. There are/were several young players on the trade market that could make this team better now and keep the team young. For example, Nathan Mackinnon, Andre Burakovsky, Sami Vatanen, Anthony Duclair, etc. Now I know these players will cost A LOT, but the Wings might have the pieces to a couple deals happen. Trading draft picks in the next two drafts shouldn't be off limits because chances are that the player you acquire via trade will be better than whatever those picks turn out to be. Also, "Top" Red Wings prospects like Dennis Cholowski and Dominic Turgeon among others don't project to be number one defenseman or top line forwards, but they do have value in trades because of their labels as "Top" prospects. Lastly, a guy like Gustav Nyquist should entice some teams on the trade market, Anaheim being one that needs a goal scorer. I'm crossing my fingers for Liljegren, but if he's gone, I'd take the best available or even consider trading the pick and possibly something else for a good young player like Jonathan Drouin. I think to be successful in todays NHL you need at least 2-3 top end elite forwards, a number 1 defenseman and a top goalie. Obviously having all three of these is extremely hard to obtain, but I think if you can have 2 of the 3, you give yourself a good shot. Look at Pittsburgh, they had Crosby, Malkin and Kessel at forward and Murray in net, they didn't have that number one Dman because the other two made up for it. Chicago had Kane, Toews and Hossa at forward and Keith at D without a top end number one goaltender. The Wings currently have none of these, but they do have the framework. Mantha and Larkin are on their way and I still think Mrazek will be a top tier net minder in the NHL. There are three forwards I would target this summer if I were Holland and if he could get one or two of them, it would be huge: 1. Jonathan Drouin 2. Nathan Mackinnon 3. Andre Burakovsky. These three guys are all potential top end players that are on teams that could be in a position to trade. Tampa is going to have cap troubles and I think Yzerman hasn't forgotten about the whole Drouin thing last year. Washington is also going to have trouble fitting a lot of these contracts in (Kuznetsov, Orlov, Oshie, etc.). Now I heard for the longest time that Mackinnon was the only player off limits in Colorado, but lately I've read that he could be available for the right price. As much as it would pain Ken Holland and a lot of fans. I'd have all of our draft picks available if it means obtaining one or two of these players and also maybe shedding some salary via another trade with say Arizona or Vegas. This draft is obviously not deep and it could be the perfect opportunity to bolster the team through trade. Chances are that the player Holland would obtain by trading the #9 pick would be better than that pick would ever become given the weakness of this year's draft.