Henrik Zetterberg will likely miss the remainder of the regular season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. He will be reevaluated in approximately eight weeks.
The good news for Detroit is the impending return of both Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen from injuries. Weiss is on the mend from sports hernia surgery, while Franzen is recovering from concussion symptoms.
Zetterberg’s injury will also give Detroit another much-needed reprieve from the salary cap. It’s probable he’ll be placed on long-term injured reserve when Weiss is activated.
With the March 5 trade deadline looming, it’s not likely Detroit will make any significant moves to improve its club. However, that doesn’t mean this team doesn't have glaring needs.
Whether it is cap room, roster space or a player to improve their lineup, the Wings will certainly be making and fielding phone calls leading up to the 3 p.m. EST cutoff.
There aren’t a significant number of players available that Detroit can afford or that will drastically progress its lineup.
Whatever general manager Ken Holland does before March 5 likely won’t be reminiscent of trade deadlines past.
With that in mind, here are Detroit’s five biggest needs ahead of the trade deadline.