It's that time of year again. We're three quarters of the way through the NHL season and the trade deadline is looming. After February 27th, all trading will freeze until teams are eliminated from the playoffs.
Over the past few seasons, particularly since the 2004-05 lockout happened and the salary cap was established, the trade deadline has been a bit more boring, but people should be more interested now that big names are on the table.
Supposedly, big-name free agents like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter wont be traded by their teams, who will risk it and try to re-sign them before July 1st, when free agency opens.
Bobby Ryan is probably off the market, too, with the Ducks now making a playoff push. That still doesn't mean the market is empty, though, as the Columbus Blue Jackets may be pushing towards a fire sale.
The Coyotes just acquired Antoine Vermette from the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, and there are still rumors that star players Rick Nash and Jeff Carter will be traded before the freeze on Monday.
This season, with lots of cap room to blow, the Red Wings have been at the forefront of a lot of trade talk. Despite not being rumored for any big-name trades, the Red Wings have still found themselves in the middle of a lot of minor trade rumors.
Originally, there was a lot of speculation that the Red Wings would go after the Oilers' Ales Hemsky. Then many speculated that the Wings could target Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu.
Ruutu is now out of the question, as he has just signed a four-year, $19 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Recently, there have been rumors of the Wings going for a depth forward like Travis Moen.
Contradicting all the rumors, however, the Red Wings just recently made a trade for a defender. Almost immediately after Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman traded tough guy Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche for Kyle Quincey, Yzerman turned around and traded Quincey to Detroit for a first-round pick.
Quincey is quite familiar with the Detroit locker room, as the Red Wings drafted him, and the only current Red Wings that Quincey hasn't played with before are Ian White, Drew Miller and Mike Commodore.
Quincey comes as a huge addition to the Wings' blue line, as he'll go from being a first-line defender in Colorado to a third-line player in Detroit. His offensive skills should help contribute to a team that already boasts one of the best offensive blue lines in hockey, and with less ice time, Quincey should be able to work on his defensive play a little bit more.
With that move made, Detroit needs to sit still now at the trade deadline. Regardless of how much cap room they have, Detroit is the best team in the NHL right now.
For starters, messing with the chemistry of the team they have would just be a poor decision. We've all heard the saying, "If It ain't broke, don't fix it," and that should apply to the Red Wings right now.
In addition to messing with the chemistry of the lineup, the Red Wings already have a very good offensive setup as it is. The team is currently fifth in the NHL offensively, and the stars are beginning to roll.
Henrik Zetterberg, who slumped for much of the season, has finally caught fire. Valtteri Filppula has finally started to reach his potential, while Jiri Hudler is quickly putting away all the negative comments of the bad year that he had last season.
A small role player such as Cory Emmerton was originally speculated to be a trade piece, but Emmerton is beginning to look like he fits in well with the Detroit lineup.
Defensively, the Red Wings are already eight deep after acquiring Kyle Quincey, and after Joey MacDonald's spectacular performances in the absence of Jimmy Howard, the Wings shouldn't have to worry about backup goaltending.
Of course, you always plan for injuries in the playoffs, but the Red Wings have a good squad of black aces to rely on when the postseason begins.
Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar could easily cover a hole in the front, while Brendan Smith would be a good addition for the Red Wings on the blue line. Every one of these players is ready for the NHL, and if an injury were to occur, the Wings could rely on them to fill in wherever they're needed.
Currently, the Red Wings are the best team in the NHL, and with that record and with the chemistry and depth the team has, there's no reason that Ken Holland should make any more transactions at the trade deadline.
Jordan Matthew writes for the NHL and for the Detroit Red Wings. For more coverage, you can read Jordan's recent articles here:
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