It’s been a dreary season for the Detroit Red Wings. With just 22 games remaining on the schedule, they’re dead last in the Atlantic Division, and are all but officially eliminated from a playoff spot for the first time in 26 years.
Because of that, the team is poised to be sellers at the NHL trade deadline. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Red Wings have told NHL clubs that they are “open for business”:
“The Wings have told clubs they are “open for business,” but won’t consider moving any of their young offensive cornerstones unless that kind of player is potentially available.”
Friedman’s report also suggests that while Detroit could trade Thomas Vanek, don’t be surprised to see him back in a Red Wings uniform come summer. Additionally, he doesn’t expect the team to part ways with defenseman Mike Green.
“I’m also not certain Detroit will trade Mike Green. He’s got one year to go on his contract, and they need offence from the defence. He delivers. In fact, it’s possible they discuss a short extension, as he’s eligible for a new deal on July 1.”
It will definitely be something that the majority of Red Wings fans aren’t used to – as if this season hasn’t featured enough of that already. The team’s final season at Joe Louis Arena has unfortunately looked more and more like when they first moved in.