Why Drew Doughty or Shea Weber to the Detroit Red Wings Is Borderline Madness

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Why Drew Doughty or Shea Weber to the Detroit Red Wings Is Borderline Madness
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I'd lose my mind if it happened. Let's get that straight out of the gate. I'd sell off my extensive comic book and movie collection just to buy tickets to three our four games this upcoming season to watch either Drew Doughty or Shea Weber skate in a Red Wings uniform.

Imagining one of those two playing next to Nicklas Lidstrom gives me goosebumps—the somewhat warm kind you get when you step out onto an ice rink for the first time. The slick passes out of the zone, and oh, what a wondrous machine the power play would become.

But I have faith that I can glance over at my stack of Vertigo comics and Martin Scorsese DVDs and know that they are safe for the time being.

Because, my fellow Wings fans, these guys won't be suiting up in Detroit anytime soon unless they are on the visiting team. The LA Kings and the Nashville Predators, respectively.

I want you to imagine yourself in 1996. Wherever you are, be it school or work or home, you pull up NHL.com on a random Tuesday to find out that the Detroit Red Wings have traded Lidstrom away. The Wings acquired some good roster players and even a high draft pick or two, and sent the super Swede packing to play in another time zone.

Or, in another reincarnation of the same instance, you read on Myspace that Ken Holland had decided not to match an offer sheet from another team.

Can you honestly imagine team management going through with this? Can you envision your own bewilderment as the top brass released a statement saying that this would be for the betterment of the team moving forward?

I don't think so.

If you're like me, you'd have lost it. A generational, perennial Norris Trophy candidate, lynch-pin blueliner dealt away for the sum of some moving parts or some draft picks.

When you think of either Nashville or LA pulling the trigger on deals for Weber or Doughty, or not matching offers sent their way, that's the same situation. And it's borderline insanity.

It's a popular discussion on Detroit message boards, and some bloggers have taken to posting about it. Heck, even ESPN Insider reported the the Wings may be one of the few teams that meet the requirements to take a run at LA's supreme defender.

But as fellow Red Wings featured columnist Matt Hutter pointed out over a month ago, it isn't Ken Hollands style to sign another player to an offer sheet. Hutter said it best when he wrote that "there's next to no chance that two of the classiest GMs in the game (Holland and Nashville GM David Poile) will engage in a Brian Burke versus Kevin Lowe-style offer sheet battle over Weber."

Ditto for any interaction between Holland and Dean Lombardi from the Kings.

These managers can't afford to let these players go for any price. And they won't. Just because Doughty and Weber remain unsigned doesn't mean that their teams are exploring trade offers.  They could be, but it defies all logic that these two teams have built around.

Both the Kings and Predators are contenders now because they raised their cornerstone talents from within, and signed and traded for the surrounding players. I can't seem them bucking that trend now.

The offseason is long, and by this time some fans may feel that they've run out of things to discuss.  But let's try and keep the conversations within the realm of reason. Detroit making a play for a guy like Zach Bogosian I could see—that's another blueliner the Wings have been linked to.

But by hoping to land either Weber or Doughty, one is only setting themselves up for a let down.  Doughty will be signed as a LA King within the coming month or two, and Weber will at least be given a one year deal through arbitration.

That could set up for a feeding frenzy come next July, and undoubtedly Detroit would be a team linked to trying to ink Weber to a big contract. But the Wings still have to use some of their free millions to lock up Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart long-term at the end of this season.

So I'm afraid that seeing either of these guys in a Wings uniform will require some handy trade work on NHL 2011. Because the moves just aren't going to happen outside of any realm that isn't digital.



Franklin Steele is a Red Wings Featured Columnist for the Bleacher Report.  Follow him on Twitter for interesting hockey media from around the web, and (of course) random musings.



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