Detroit Red Wings: Why No Big Trade Is OK

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Detroit Red Wings: Why No Big Trade Is OK
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As the trade deadline approaches, fans go nuts searching the internet looking for the latest trade rumors. It is amazing how many of these big trade rumors never end of happening. Still, despite how rarely the big trade happens, we all dream of which new player will join the roster and how they will be the final piece to the Stanley Cup puzzle. 

The Wings were fairly quiet on trade deadline day. Their biggest move happened last week when Kyle Quincey rejoined the team, a move that most fans don't seem to realize is very valuable. Today the local airwaves and message boards were full of fans disappointed that something bigger had not happened.

The team needs to balance making moves for the here and now versus moves that the team can survive on for the long term. There is a reason why the Red Wings have gone over two decades straight in making the playoffs—they are able to achieve that balance. Grabbing a big name player now may have cost them too much over the long haul.

The Wings did make one move on deadline day: they sent Mike Commodore to Tampa Bay for a draft pick. While many thought that this was to clear a roster spot for another move later in the day, it ended up being the teams only move of the day.

So why was it good to not make any other moves?

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