NHL Trade Rumors: Could Detroit Swing a Deal with the Washington Capitals?

Adam Rickert@adam_rickertAnalyst IIJune 22, 2012

DETROIT - OCTOBER 10:  Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against Tyler Sloan #89 of the Washington Capitals on October 10, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the NHL Draft just hours away and free agency beginning in ten days, many notable trades will likely happen in the coming weeks.

After an early exit from the playoffs and the loss of Nicklas Lidstrom, the team will be looking to improve in any way, especially with a good amount of money to spend in free agency.

One potential free agent that the Wings have been considering is Washington Capitals' forward Alexander Semin. Semin has made it clear that he does not want to re-up with the Caps and will opt to test the free agent waters.

Red Wings fans, on the other hand, have been criticizing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Jiri Hudler, who is coming off of the best season of his NHL career.

Being a Red Wings fan, I do not see where the Hudler criticism comes from. Yes, he has played a little below expectations, but he was one third of the team's best line, which also included Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula. Hudler scored twenty-five goals and assists, totalling fifty points on the year.

Not bad, and as I said, I would not mind keeping Hudler; however, Alexander Semin is a better option.

Coincidentally, the Capitals have expressed a lot of interest in Hudler for a while, and if he does not sign the contract that Ken Holland is reportedly ready to offer him, the Caps may take a run at him in free agency.


These teams could work together at tonight's draft in order to get a deal done and satisfy each other's needs.


Semin is a somewhat higher caliber player than Hudler, but both teams would like to get some sort of compensation for the two players if they end up leaving their current teams. Semin is almost certain to not re-sign with the Capitals, and they would be very happy to receive someone like Hudler in return.

Semin's rights for Hudler's rights straight up may not be exactly what Washington wants since, as I mentioned before, Semin is somewhat of a better player; however, Detroit could maybe throw in a draft pick or a prospect in addition.

Another possibility could be a trade involving the rights of Capitals' defenseman Dennis Wideman. Wideman is one of the top defensemen that will hit free agency this summer, and with Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement and Brad Stuart's departure, Wideman would be a great addition to the Red Wings.

If a deal for Semin doesn't work out, a trade involving Hudler's and Wideman's rights straight up may actually fit for both of these teams, as they will each have opportunities to sign players that they would like to have before any other NHL team.

The only problem Washington would have with this is that it already holds the most draft picks of any team in the NHL, so maybe some tweaks to the deal could be in order.

Nevertheless, It would be a good idea for each team to swing some sort of deal for Semin's or Wideman's and Hudler's rights in order to get at least something for players who more than likely will not be returning. A trade like this could definitely be a big help to both teams.