This is a critical time of year for every team still in contention for Lord Stanley's Cup. It is time to decide if your team needs to be tweaked in order to win the championship or if your team can win the Cup without making any changes. That time is the trade deadline, which falls on March 4 this year.
Many teams are probably already on the phone, looking to make that perfect deal to bolster their roster for a deep playoff run. Other teams may be waiting for a call, waiting to see if a deal they cannot resist pops up. Either way, every team, player, and fan is excited to see how their team will prepare for the playoffs.
There is one man that is in the spotlight above many others right now, and that is Ken Holland, the GM of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Red Wings. He has made some big deadline deals in the past, and with the Red Wings being a major competitor for the past 15 years, everyone wants to know what move he is going to make this year.
Will he pick up a veteran to help out during the playoffs? Will he acquire another Hall of Famer, like the never-aging Chris Chelios?
Mr. Holland's best choice for this year is to make no move at all.
Detroit has far too much talent, especially in young stars, to make a deal for the short term. Those young stars, like Darren Helm and Ville Leino, are going to be far too valuable in the future to trade away now.
The Wings already have Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Hossa, three of the best forwards in the league. They also have Nick Lidstrom, the best defenseman in the world. Though Osgood has sputtered of late, Conklin has come on in dominating fashion.
Besides these players, the Red Wings have many other fantastic players that will make a difference in the playoffs, such as Dan Cleary, Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Franzen, Valterri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Brian Rafalski, and Brad Stuart.
There is not a single team in the league that can match Detroit's depth, young stars, and veteran leadership.
Many teams would love to have any of these players, which is why Ken Holland's best move is to make no move.
This year's Detroit Red Wings team is a powerhouse waiting to explode in the playoffs. The Wings won it last year, and this year's team is even better.
This team does not need to focus on the trade deadline. They need to focus on staying healthy. If they stay healthy, they have a better chance than anyone else at taking the Cup home again.