Ranking the Players the Detroit Red Wings Should Covet at Trade Deadline
The Detroit Red Wings are well on their way to another playoff season, and general manager Ken Holland should take pride in the patience he's shown.
The Red Wings have integrated young players into the lineup over the last decade with a ton of success, but that shouldn't stop him from trying to bolster the roster at the deadline.
The Wings' best players aren't getting any younger, so here are the players who should be targeted at the March 2 deadline so that Detroit can present a viable postseason threat.
No. 5: Jeff Petry, Edmonton Oilers
Cap Hit: $3.07 million
Why He Should Be Targeted: Jeff Petry is slated to become a free agent this summer. NHL.com's Dan Rosen named him as a potential top trade target whom the Red Wings could acquire.
Petry is a sizable (6'3", 207 lbs) defender with a booming shot, and his statistics indicate that he is a legitimate second-pairing player. He has 15 points on the season and is averaging nearly 21 minutes of ice time a game, but those numbers don't tell the whole story.
His HERO chart eloquently sums up his value from an advanced stats perspective, and for that reason, the Red Wings should look to add him to the roster.
No. 4: Jiri Tlusty, Carolina Hurricanes
Cap Hit: $2.95 million
Why He Should Be Targeted: Jiri Tlusty is a reliable bottom-six forward who could be a solid asset to the Red Wings. He is on pace to score 20 goals, and that's a nice total for a player who averages 17 minutes and 11 seconds per game.
He is also solid in his own end, which is important because Mike Babcock wants his players to play a 200-foot game.
Tlusty is a serviceable third-line forward who would be an upgrade over Drew Miller and Tomas Jurco, and there's a good chance he could be acquired for a draft pick and expendable roster player.
No. 3: Keith Yandle, Arizona Coyotes
Salary Cap: $5.25 million
Why He Should Be Targeted: The Detroit Red Wings have a ton of lefty defensemen, but that shouldn't stop them from being interested in Keith Yandle. He's an elite offensive defender in the prime of his career and has term left on his contract.
He would likely cost the Red Wings a prospect, pick and/or roster player, but it would be worth it to have Yandle for this year and next year's potential playoff run.
He would also give the Wings insurance in the event something happened to Niklas Kronwall.
No. 2: Andrej Sekera, Carolina Hurricanes
Cap Hit: $2.75 million
Why He Should Be Targeted: If the Red Wings want to improve their lefty defensive depth, Andrej Sekera is a more feasible acquisition than Yandle. The Canes' top-pairing defensemen logs 22:49 a game and has tallied 19 points thus far this season.
His advanced stats make him a desirable commodity, and he is going to be sought after because of his palatable cap hit.
Sekera provides reliable defensive coverage and can also contribute offensively if needed.
No. 1: James Wisniewski, Columbus Blue Jackets
Cap Hit: $5.5 million
Why He Should Be Targeted: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch sent out a tweet that stated the Blue Jackets are shopping James Wisniewski, and if that is true, the Red Wings should try to acquire the skilled righty defender.
"Wiz" has 27 points this season, and his advanced statistics are amazing. He is only averaging top-four minutes according to the HERO chart, but his Corsi percentage and points per 60 minutes put him in top-pairing territory.
The Red Wings have been looking for a righty defender for a number of years now, and Wisniewski would be an amazing fit for Detroit.
He is under contract through the 2016-17 season, which would make his acquisition even more worthwhile.