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With this trade deadline likely being a "seller's market" due to the number of teams still left in the playoff picture on April 3, there might be less players available than what fans might be inclined to think. Having said that, there are still a number of pieces in play.
The 26-year-old defenseman is signed to a contract for another three seasons after this one at a cap-hit of $5.25 million per season (per CapGeek). Although Yandle is seen as a building block for a Coyotes franchise that struggled until making it to the Western Conference Finals last season, he could be a key asset in getting back even more from the Red Wings, as the Red Wings have some pieces that Phoenix could really use.
Yandle has six goals and 13 assists in 34 games this season. He could help the Red Wings get over the hump as far as lack of a true offensive defenseman is concerned. There are nine NHL defensemen under contract with the Red Wings. Few of those would be in the same ball park as Yandle, offensively speaking.
There are some players where it is better to be on the same team as that player than have to face that player. Clowe is one of those players. Despite having an abysmal offensive season this year (no goals and 11 assists in 27 games) Clowe has 62 shots on goal and 68 hits, according to NHL.com.
Clowe can be a very physical player and he averages 16:22 of ice time per game, meaning he can play tough minutes when needed as well. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and has the ability to play in either the top-six or bottom-six group of forwards, depending on which part of the lineup needs more size. Clowe does have a full no-trade clause (per CapGeek), so any move would have to be approved of by Clowe.
With the Washington Capitals still not in playoff contention, pending UFA Mike Ribeiro could be moved at the deadline. Ribeiro has 35 points in 33 games, including 17 points on the power play. Ribeiro is a perfect candidate to play second-line center—a position the Red Wings have never truly been able to fill lately.
The downside to Ribeiro is his faceoff winning percentage (under 48 percent at home and under 37 percent on the road). For a puck-possession team like the Red Wings, that could be a deciding factor as far as whether the team wants to make a move for the 33-year-old center.