Will Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman make a deal with the St. Louis Blues to acquire a defenseman who could immediately be slotted into the starting lineup?
Well, according to an article published on The Score, the Red Wings are a team that should consider trading for Blues D Vince Dunn.
Dunn, who is still just 24, was originally selected by the Blues in the 2nd Round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Since being drafted, Dunn has been solid offensively (“Over the last three seasons he ranks 20th among qualified defenseman in goals per 60 minutes and 51st in points per 60 minutes”) but his defensive skills have come into question, which is why the Blues could be ready to move on from him.
That being said, Dunn still has some good upside and Yzerman may be just the guy to get it out of him.
From The Score:
The Red Wings are in a similar boat. They're in clear rebuilding mode, yet the majority of their blue line is filled with low-upside veterans like Marc Staal, Danny DeKeyser, Patrik Nemeth, Alex Biega, and Troy Stecher. Filip Hronek and Dennis Cholowski are their lone rearguards with potential.
Detroit's defense is so bad that Dunn would probably slot in on the No. 1 pairing and quarterback the top power-play unit.
Nation, should Steve Yzerman call the Blues to see what it would take to take Vince Dunn off of their hands?
Top 5 Detroit Red Wings trades in past 30 years
The Detroit Red Wings have had a long history of success, including making the playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons (1991-2016). A lot of their success can be attributed to drafting, but there is another aspect that has made this team great over the decades. Trades have helped complement the draft success to earn the team four Stanley Cups in that time frame so we will take a look at five that have made a big impact during their incredible playoff stretch.
#5 Brendan Shanahan For Trio Of Players
The Red Wings were in serious contention for the Stanley Cup in the 1996-1997 season, but it seemed as if they were still missing a piece. Brendan Shanahan solved that problem when the Red Wings traded for him from the Hartford Whalers for Paul Coffey, Keith Primeau, and a first-round draft pick in 1997. The Red Wings also received defenseman Brian Glynn in the deal, but the main target was Shanahan. The Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, and 2002 while Shanahan was on the team.
#4 Brad Stuart For Draft Picks
The trade for Brad Stuart in 2008 was one of Ken Holland’s better deals in the past 10 seasons mainly because of what he was able to pay for a top defender. The Red Wings traded for Stuart from Los Angeles at the trade deadline in 2008 for a 2008 second-round draft pick and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick. Stuart was originally taken third overall in 1998 by the San Jose Sharks and was considered one of the best defensemen on the block in 2008. What the trade did was give the Red Wings a second defensive pairing that would be a first-string unit on any other team when they paired Stuart with Niklas Kronwall. Stuart helped the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2008 and almost a second consecutive one in 2009.
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