The trade deadline is one of the most exciting days of the season for hockey fans, and it’s fast approaching.
It’s a time when rumors swirl around big-name players, competing teams look to improve their lineup and others begin the rebuilding stage.
The Detroit Red Wings are right in the thick of things but are not in a pristine position to buy or sell. However, that hasn’t always been the case.
This year, Detroit is likely to stand pat because of its strain under the salary cap. With seven players coming off the books and approximately $21 million in cap space, it is safer to bet it’ll wait until the offseason.
In years past, the Red Wings have been consistent buyers at the trade deadline and haven’t been afraid to throw around draft picks like Skittles at a Seattle Seahawks game.
Even if a move isn’t made, it is still fun to think about some of the biggest deals the Red Wings have swung over the years.
Some have included an immense number of assets, a few have included some of the biggest names in hockey and others became the catalyst for substantial change in the organization—for better and worse.
With that, here are the five biggest trades in Detroit Red Wings history.