Detroit Red Wings: Five Players Who Could Go at the Trade Deadline

Jordan MatthewsAnalyst IIIFebruary 25, 2012

Detroit Red Wings: Five Players Who Could Go at the Trade Deadline

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    There are just two days left before the NHL puts a freeze on all trading for the rest of the 2011-2012 NHL Season.

    The Red Wings have already made one move by acquiring defenseman Kyle Quincey from Colorado, through Tampa Bay. Quincey knows the Wings organization well, as he was drafted by the Wings and departed through waivers in 2008. 

    Since acquiring Quincey, the Red Wings have claimed that they're done looking for defense before the deadline comes, and will keep their eyes open for any forward who hits the market.

    Obviously the Wings will have to give up something to acquire a forward. Just draft picks probably won't cut it for any forward who would be effective, so here are five players that could be on the chopping block for the Red Wings before Monday comes and goes.

Brad Stuart

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    Brad Stuart is certainly a defender that the Red Wings would like to keep in the organization. Although Stuart isn't a heavy offensive contributor, he does a lot of hitting and blocks a lot of shots, which is what any good team needs for penalty killing.

    Unfortunately for both Stuart and the Wings, Brad's days in Detroit may be numbered. Although Stuart would like to come back to the Wings, family issues may prevent it from happening.

    Stuart's wife and step-daughter are stuck living in California because of paternity rights keeping them from moving to Detroit. Stuart has said that family issues will have a lot of influence on his contract decision.

    There's still some speculation that Stuart could stay in Detroit, as his step-daughter is nearing adult age, which would allow the family to move wherever they wanted.

    Still, Stuart may end up on the chopping block if the situation is looking bleak. Because his contract ends, he likely wouldn't fetch a whole lot unless he were packaged, and it's unlikely that anyone outside of the California would want to risk taking him, knowing why the Red Wings would trade him.

Jakub Kindl

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    Jakub Kindl has been on trade watch ever since the Red Wings acquired Kyle Quincey. Kindl has had decent performances, but he's not where Detroit wants him to be.

    Mike Babcock has criticized Kindl multiple times for his lack of physical play, whether it be Kindl getting pushed off the puck, or his lack to play the body on the opponent carrying the puck.

    Although Kindl was pushing Mike Commodore away from the No. 6 spot on defense, he has now found himself out of a job since Quincey has arrived.

    By himself, Kindl wouldn't fetch much on the market, so he'd have to be combined with another player or a draft pick to draw in a forward for the Red Wings.

Daniel Cleary

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    Daniel Cleary doesn't have any actual rumors about the possibility of him being traded away by the Red Wings, but the idea might not be a bad one.

    Cleary has a decent-enough 27 points this season in 57 games. The Red Wings are getting good enough production out of him, but he could be a piece of a trade that would help the team even more offensively. 

    In addition, Cleary almost always seems to be playing hurt. Last season, he went on a streak where he was feeling perfectly healthy, and he lit up the scoreboard during that time. 

    Now, Cleary seems to be back to his old injury problems. He just recently returned from a five-game break due to a sore knee as a result of knee injections.

    Cleary is a good player for the Wings, but at the age of 33 he's not getting younger, and his health is questionable. At his rate of play, he could fetch Detroit a decent piece of talent at the trade deadline.

Riley Sheahan

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    Riley Sheahan is reportedly turning into quite the two-way player for Notre Dame this season. His progress reports are good, and it's likely that he will join the Grand Rapids Griffins soon, whether it be next season or the season after.

    That said, as good as Sheahan seems to be, he's the low man on the totem pole when it comes to Red WIngs forward prospects.

    Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Teemu Pulkkinen, Calle Jarnkrok and Tomas Jurco all seem to likely be better prospects than Sheahan. Because of that, Sheahan could find himself on the trading block before Monday.

    Because of his outlook, he could be a decent-sized piece in a trade structure, and for teams looking to rebuild, Sheahan would be a nice addition.

    As with all prospects, Detroit would like to keep Riley, but if it means getting a big addition at the deadline, they might be willing to part ways.

Jiri Hudler

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    Jiri Hudler's career resembles a roller coaster ride or the stock market. I can't decide the better analogy, but you get the idea: He's had an up-and-down career.

    After a career season in the 2008-09 season, Hudler went to arbitration, was awarded a $5.5 million deal over two years, and then bolted for the KHL and had spectacular statistics.

    Then, Hudler came back to the Red Wings in the 2010-11 NHL season and had an awful season. Now, he's on pace to nearly match his career season.

    Hudler has certainly silenced those who doubted him this season, but that may not be good for him and the Red Wings.

    As noted, the last time Hudler had a good season with Detroit, there were contract disputes, and despite being awarded a good sum for a player of his talent, Hudler bolted for Russia.

    If Ken Holland feels like Hudler could go digging for gold again, he may just decide to trade him. Despite his expiring contract, there are a lot of teams that could be interested in Hudler. He could fetch the Wings a decent-enough forward with some helpers.

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    Jordan Matthews writes for the NHL and for the Detroit Red Wings. For more coverage, you can read his recent articles here:

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