The Wings have had one of their toughest scoring seasons to date. Guys that are proven to hit the back of the net on a nightly basis, just haven’t seemed to be able to accomplish such a thing. The rumors have been swirling about a possible link to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and have the Wings pull off a blockbuster trade involving Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Drouin, or possibly even both of them as a package deal that would send them both to Hockeytown.
Looking at the Red Wings side of things, it’s tough to see who the Wings would send back to Tampa Bay in exchange for Stamkos and Drouin. Could the likes of current Red Wing players Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan be two of the possibilities that Ken Holland sends to the Sunshine State along with a couple future high round draft picks? Both Nyquist and Sheahan haven’t been particularly performing well as of late and the lack of production could very well see both of their names discussed as candidates for a future trade for the Wings.
Another name that has been tossed around in many discussions as being a player to be added to a package deal trade is current Grand Rapids Griffins forward Anthony Mantha. Selected 20th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Wings, it’s been very up and down when speaking of Mantha’s performance. His ability to score is well documented, but having the mindset to play a two-way game has seemed to elude Mantha. His name could be that final piece that is added to a proposed trade that brings in the likes of a Stamkos or a Drouin to help correct the Red Wings scoring woes.
The question is, does Steve Yzerman trade within the division to a team that he is currently battling with for a Playoff spot? With the news breaking about Drouin being suspended by the Lightning for failing to report for an AHL Game, the Drouin trade talk will more than likely heat up, whether it’s in connection to the Wings or not. Whether it’s Stamkos and/or Drouin that the Red Wings consider as a “first thought” in trade discussions to help out the lack of offense, there could be other viable and money saving options out there throughout the NHL that the Wings could look towards in the attempt to fix something the desperately needs to be fixed. This is true especially come playoff time or another early round exit might be on the horizon if the Red Wings are able to make it to their 25th consecutive playoff appearance.
What do you think, Nation? Is it time for Ken Holland to not be the typical Ken Holland and actually go and pull off such a blockbuster to help the Wings produce more in the scoring department of things or does it seem like it’s to much core talent to give up and that the Wings should wait it out and see how things progress?