Detroit Red Wings: Grading Their Moves at the Trade Deadline

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Detroit Red Wings: Grading Their Moves at the Trade Deadline
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For the Detroit Red Wings, it was just another average trade deadline.

There were no real moves to speak of, with the only Red Wings trade happening with a player leaving Detroit.

But up until today, Detroit addressed one of the two glaring needs on this team: depth on defense.

As for the other need of a third or fourth line center, Detroit decided to take a pass likely because the asking price was too high.

So without further ado, let's review the Red Wings completed trades.

Detroit Acquires Kyle Quincey from Colorado via Tampa Bay for a first round pick in this year's draft plus prospect Sebastien Piche.

Overall Grade: B+

I like this move for multiple reasons.

First, Quincey was drafted by Detroit, and it was unfortunate when the Red Wings could not protect him from being claimed off of waivers back in 2008. Since Detroit drafted him, I watched Quincey try to crack the lineup, but to no avail. Red Wings fans had to feel that they had missed out by letting him be claimed off of waivers, but now Quincey is back on the team.

Next, Quincey is a puck-moving defenseman and has great potential, as he is just 26 years old. Quincey is strong on the puck and is an upgrade from both Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl, with Ericsson lacking the hockey sense necessary (prone to turning the puck over in his own end) and Kindl not yet physically versed in the ways of the NHL (getting outmuscled by a lighter Jordin Tootoo).

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Finally, Quincey is a restricted free agent this year, but his contract carries a $3.125 million cap hit. This could go up, but unless Quincey has a strong playoff performance, I don't see that happening.

Detroit Trades Defenseman Mike Commodore to Tampa Bay for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2013.


Overall Grade: D

I can't say I'm too big of a fan of this trade for a couple reasons.

First, the conditional pick in 2013 requires that Mike Commodore play in at least 15 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and that the Lightning make the playoffs this year.

Anybody else see any problems with those conditions?

Mike Commodore has played in just 17 games all season. The Lightning have just 20 games remaining.

The Lightning also are six points back of eighth place Winnipeg with three games in hand.

They would have to pass the Maple Leafs, the Capitals, and the Jets.

Finally, albeit this is hindsight now, Detroit has Jonathan Ericsson who broke his wrist and is out for a month. They also have Nick Lidstrom day-to-day with a bruised foot, and newly acquired Kyle Quincey day-to-day with a groin issue.

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If Commodore were in the lineup, he might be playing a couple of these games in replacement and doing a better job with whomever Detroit might call up aside from Brendan Smith.

The only reason I didn't give this trade an "F" is because Commodore gets to go somewhere where he will actually get to play instead of being buried in the lineup.

For all you fans out there wondering why Detroit didn't make a move, it's simple.

Supply and demand (I know a couple of you took economics out there).

Too little supply means that GMs of seller teams could ask for more and they would get it.

Because the Red Wings have one of the shrewder (and more successful) general managers in the NHL, Detroit simply took a pass, opting to not counter the deadline day moves of their Western Conference rivals with one of their own.

 

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