Detroit Red Wings Trade Speculation: 5 'Heavy' Players to Pursue

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Detroit Red Wings Trade Speculation: 5 'Heavy' Players to Pursue
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The Detroit Red Wings are tops in the Western Conference—well, for the moment, anyway.

With three more points than Vancouver (Vancouver has a game in hand on Detroit) and a matchup coming up against the Canucks, the Red Wings control their destiny with Thursday night's contest.

Though the Red Wings have dominated the Western Conference in the regular season, they must face facts: They are too small as a team.

That's why Mike Babcock requested a "heavy forward" in his trade needs list from Red Wings general manager Ken Holland last week.

The Red Wings currently have just five forwards who are 200 pounds or over—Todd Bertuzzi, Tomas Holmstrom, Justin Abdelkader, Johan Franzen and Dan Cleary.

Holmstrom will likely retire this offseason at the completion of his current contract, while Bertuzzi, 37, could follow suit.

So with Detroit's salary cap abundance, who might "Hockeytown" go after to fill Babcock's "heavy" forward desire?

Read on for five heavy forwards that Detroit could pursue at or before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

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