NHL Rumors: Red Wings' Moves Would Send Shock Waves Through NHL

Jim MorisetteCorrespondent IIIJuly 8, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 23:  Assistant General Manager Jim Nill and General Manager Ken Holland attend the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 23, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Friday, Gregg Krupa of The Detroit News wrote an article stating it may be best if the Detroit Red Wings “stand pat” heading into the upcoming NHL season.

"Hoarding cash, continuing to develop their younger players and hoping the veterans step up is probably the best to which the Red Wings can aspire in 2012-13," Krupa wrote.

To this, I could not disagree more. This is a defeatist, post-Nick Lidstrom reeling mentality, to say the least.

Yes, it will be difficult to replace ironclad defenseman Nick Lidstrom’s leadership and Hall of Fame play. After all, Lidstrom was arguably the type of exciting defenseman that comes along but once in a lifetime.

Yes, the Red Wings lost out on the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter sweepstakes, when they both signed with the Minnesota Wild, according to Yahoo! Sports.

But who cares? Big deal. Let Parise and Suter press on with their Sadie Hawkins, two-peas-in-a-pod selves.

This would not be the first time highly prized free agents decided the Red Wings was not for them.

And it will not be the last.

But to say the Red Wings should slip their tails between their legs and dart off and accept the status quo completely undermines Hockeytown and its fans.

This is the Detroit Red Wings we are talking about here. This team does not pack it in and wait around for things to come to them. The Red Wings are like a Demon Cobra, ready to strike a deal with players that help this team reload, not rebuild.

Stand pat. Forget that!

I highly doubt Wings GM Ken Holland is sitting there twiddling his thumbs, saying, “Well, there is always next season.” What a better way to have a heaping pile of rotting octopus showing up one's doorstep.

Right now, Holland is ardently looking for a deal to bring in a defenseman and a star power forward, per Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News.

With Parise and Suter officially off the table, the Wings should sign another pair of stars—Shane Doan and Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Doan, the Coyotes captain, would be a perfect fit for the Red Wings. He’s big. He’s tough. And he provides both the offense and leadership the Wings need. Not to mention, he brings 318 career goals and 470 assists.

Most importantly, Doan wants to be a Red Wing, according to MLive.com writer Ansar Khan.

Khan writes:

The power forward's agent has called the Red Wings several times the past couple of days, seeking an offer, and with Parise off the market, Detroit will make a pitch for Doan. However, Doan has stated he won't decide until Monday if he will leave Phoenix, where he has played since 1996. His main concern is whether the team will relocate in 2013-14 due to the unstable ownership situation.

But could Holland also swing Yandle in a trade with the Coyotes?

Defensively, Yandle would be a great fit as well for the Wings. The offensive-minded defenseman had 11 goals and 32 assists last season for Phoenix. In his career, Yandle has 43 goals and 144 assists.

Yandle is also durable. The six-year veteran has played every game since ’09-10, according to ESPN statistics.  

Sure makes Red Wing fans all but forget about Parise and Suter, eh?

With this in mind, the bottom line is this. While the Red Wings should not make rash decisions that will decimate their future, Holland and Co. should do whatever it takes within reason to acquire Doan and Yandle.

By doing so, Detroit would not only plug two major holes, but this proud hockey club would also send a bold message to the rest of the NHL.

These colors don’t run.

James Morisette is a Featured Writer for Bleacher Report. You can read more of his works here.


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