NHL Trade Rumors: Detroit Red Wings Must Make Most of Last Open Roster Spot

Isaac SmithAnalyst IFebruary 25, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 22:  Kyle Quincey #27 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots the puck from the point during the NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on January 22, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Avalanche 3-2.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Red Wings traded away their first round selection in this year's draft plus prospect Sebastien Piche, in a three team deal involving the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

When the dust settled, Detroit had acquired former Red Wings' defenseman, Kyle Quincey.

Quincey scored in his first game back in Detroit, but the Red Wings were unable to hold the lead, and lost in a shoot out, in their first home loss in 24 games.

So what does the Quincey trade mean for the Red Wings going forward to the trade deadline?

I'd rather not that think that far ahead as waiting til the deadline could be costly for Detroit.

Because there are very few would-be sellers right now, the "buyers" are paying a fortune for players that would normally command much less.

An obvious example of this was the Jeff Carter trade, where Los Angeles Kings' GM Dean Lombardi paid a fortune for Jeff Carter, sending a first round pick in either this year's draft or next year's draft, along with stellar defenseman Jack Johnson back the other way.

So back to Detroit again, can they make a move for another forward?

Fortunately for Detroit the answer is yes. If Pavel Datsyuk is put on injured reserve retroactively, the Red Wings have one roster spot open after acquiring Quincey.

With 12 forward spots in use, and the previously mentioned eight defenseman spots taken, and two goalies on the current roster, Detroit could be in the market for another forward.

With Patrick Eaves out for the foreseeable future, and his roster spot available because Datsyuk is out with his knee injury, the Red Wings must act quickly but prudently as far as a final player that they can acquire before the trade deadline.

With a horde of rumors surrounding Detroit, Ken Holland made one thing clear:

Per Holland: Wings "are done on defense." Will keep eyes open & ears perked for a forward

— Helene St. James (@freepwings) February 21, 2012


Well Mr. Holland, thanks for clearing that up, Red Wings fans really thought Detroit was going to go out and get another defenseman to add to the eight that are currently on the roster.

But in all seriousness, if Holland keeps his "eyes open and ears perked for a forward" it should be an interesting couple days leading up to the deadline and whomever Detroit is able to procure will help Detroit get back on track for another lengthy playoff run.


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