As the Detroit Red Wings rebuild continues so have the trade rumors surrounding the team. The latest talking point has been Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek. The main suitor for these rumors had been the Philadelphia Flyers who were trying to fill their new void in the net with both Brian Elliot and Michael Neuvirth expected to miss time due to injury.
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings have traded G Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional 4th round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional 3rd round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. pic.twitter.com/nTR27IOfLM
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 20, 2018
The Philadelphia Flyers are in the midst of the playoff picture where they currently sit at sixth. The Wings, on the other hand, appear to be sliding in the other direction as they are currently 13th in the Eastern Conference.
All this may seem new to Detroit Red Wings’ fans as they have not been forced to experience this type of rebuild in almost 30 years. However, considering that the playoff streak seems to be in the distant past now it is important to take the necessary steps to reignite playoff hopes here in hockey time. The two picks that they received from Philadelphia in this trade should help that process.
The once-promising Mrazek will now be playing in some meaningful games with the Flyers as they try to hold onto their playoff spot. As for the Red Wings, this may just be the start of a busy trade deadline.
With the NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching (February 26) and a playoff spot still in the distance of their sight, the Detroit Red Wings will be faced with once again having to make difficult roster choices as they look towards the future.
Their most likely deadline move will be swapping defenseman Mike Green, who is in the final year of a three year contract and would be an attractive option as a rental for teams looking to make a Stanley Cup run this spring. However, according to Red Wings beat writer Ansar Khan, a “source” has stated that the Red Wings will be looking to move either Gus Nyquist or Tomas Tatar before this year’s deadline.