Heading into Monday’s trade deadline, the Detroit Red Wings had a need to bolster their top-nine forwards and add more scoring depth. They also needed a right handed defenseman that could quarterback a power play. They were able to fulfill both of those needs before the trade deadline came and went.
The Wings added defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils and forward Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars.
Zidlicky was traded for a third-round draft pick in 2016, but they will also get a fifth rounder this year if Detroit reaches the Eastern Conference Finals. If the Red Wings reach the Stanley Cup Finals, the third rounder next year becomes a second-round pick, but the fifth-round choice in 2015 is gone.
Zidlicky has played in all 63 games and has 4 goals and 19 assists on a dismal New Jersey Devils team. He is not the fastest skater but he is sound defensively and has great offensive instincts and could be great on a pairing with Danny DeKeyser.
NJ sends Marek Zidlicky to DET. NJ allowed fewest scoring chances per 60 minutes at even strength with Zidlicky on ice (among d-men)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 2, 2015
He will be a great addition to the power play and should help the Red Wings break out of their own zone more efficiently. New Jersey also retained some of Zidlicky’s salary in the deal.
FYI that the Devils have retained $1 million of Zidlicky's salary in that trade
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 2, 2015
Cole was traded for prospect defenseman Mattias Backman, prospect center Mattias Janmark, and a second-round pick in this year’s draft. He is a big left winger who is physical, but he also has a great scoring touch as well. He can pretty much be slotted anywhere in the lineup, whether it be on the 3rd line with Riley Sheahan and Stephen Weiss, or up with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist. Either way, he will make the Red Wings a lot tougher to play against.
Ken Holland calls the trades to get Zidlicky and Cole more of depth moves. Mentioned Erik Cole playing on a line with Zetterberg. #Wings
— Jennifer Hammond (@HammerFox2) March 2, 2015
The Red Wings were in talks for Dion Phaneuf for the better part of the day with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but ultimately they decided that the price was too high. They would have had Phaneuf until 2021 for $7 million a year, and the Leafs did not want tot retain any salary.
Unless something changes dramatically, Red Wings completely out on Dion Phaneuf. Different philosophies on what the trade would look like.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) March 2, 2015
Overall, I am very pleased with the moves that Ken Holland made today. He did not give up a lot and he addressed our most glaring needs. His position was made a lot easier by the health of the veterans and play of the team’s younger players. The Red Wings are setup to make a good run this year in the playoffs and this just made it a lot more exciting.