NHL Trade Rumors: Why the Detroit Red Wings Must Land Rick Nash

Shane DarrowAnalyst IIJuly 7, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in action during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 3, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Red Wings are finding themselves in an unfamiliar place: They have multiple spots on the roster they need to fill.

They are used to being one of the deepest teams in the NHL.

It was by Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos that Ryan Suter, the biggest defenseman on the free-agent market this offseason, was leaning toward signing with the Wings and would fill the huge hole that was left when future Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom retired:

#NHL. Starting to hear Suter has picked #Redwings as his destination.More to come.....

— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) July 1, 2012


No dice though, as Suter decided to join Zach Parise and sign with the Minnesota Wild.

I don't believe that it is time for Detroit to go into panic mode because they have an immense amount of super-stardom still on the roster, but what is the next move for the Wings?

Rick Nash is the answer.

The first thing that comes to mind is wondering what the the Red Wings would have to give up in order to land one of the best players in the league, who has been rotting in Columbus for years. 

Columbus has a super-high asking price, and if they want to consider Detroit, it would probably get even higher, considering that they are in the same division. Hell, the Blue Jackets wanted Jeff Skinner in return for Nash. Remember that Skinner was at one point the youngest player in the NHL...and still made the NHL All-Star roster.

But the fact of the matter is that there are no longer any defenseman worth signing in free agency for the Wings. And the old saying that "the best defense is a good offense" is the mentality Detroit needs to take into next year.

Columbus management is eventually going to realize that, no matter what, they are going to be on the losing end of the Nash deal.

Once they understand this, the Wings will be able to make a legitimate offer that could land the Olympian in red and white.

According to a Tweet by Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, Nash broke out of his silence and said that the five teams he would join are the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and the Red Wings:

Confirmed today Pittsburgh is on Rick Nash's "approved" list. So #NYR, #Flyers, #RedWings, #SJSharks, #PghPenguins. Could be 1-2 others.

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 4, 2012


Detroit can't sit back here, as the other four teams are all big-market franchises that are going to jump at the opportunity.

It is going to take prospects, draft picks and probably a few guys that are on the NHL roster right now, but Detroit has no choice but to land Rick Nash, if they want to make a run at the Stanley Cup.