All across the NHL, teams are gearing up for the annual trade deadline bonanza. This year, the date falls on April 3.
This time of year is when teams try to assess their long-term goals and possibly their short-term successes and use the trade deadline as a medium from which to create a better team.
For the Red Wings, the need to be active on the trade deadline will greatly depend on how their upcoming games against San Jose, Chicago and Colorado go. They could be sellers and position themselves for a lottery pick in the NHL draft.
Or the Red Wings will try to make the playoffs their impetus. Either way, there will likely be moves made.
With a flux of young players vying for roster spots and a veteran core striving to show they don't need Nicklas Lidstrom anymore, there are many questions at the deadline rather than answers.
Here are five questions to spark some new thought about how the deadline will either hurt or help the Red Wings for the short and long terms.