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Wings GM Holland wants top talent, not depth

Apr 1, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

Ken Holland

Unlike most of his counterparts around the NHL, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is all stocked up on defensemen.

In fact, the Wings have so many bodies on the blue line that they were able to send Kent Huskins to Philadelphia this weekend.

So if Holland is going to go out and get anything before Wednesday’s trade deadline, it won’t be depth on defense.

What might it be then?

“If we can do a legitimate trade to acquire a player that we think is a legitimate top-six forward, or a legitimate top-four defenseman, then we’re going to look,” said Holland, per the Detroit News.

One name that’s popped up repeatedly in trade speculation is Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester. Yes, he’s a defenseman. No, he’s not a depth defenseman.

But if Bouwmeester is available, the Wings won’t be the only ones interested.

Another name that’s been bandied about is Edmonton forward Ales Hemsky (though an obvious return the Wings could offer the Oilers doesn’t spring to mind).

  1. nicktriple6 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Datsyuk going to Russia next year possibly? That’s telling me he wants out. I would love Chara to court him becase he fits PERFECT in a Bruins sweater. Strong Defensive skills and he can score. Bruins have top 6 to deal and prospects. Chiarelli is looking to make a move. Might work for everyone.

    • jkaplan11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Quit dreaming.

      • nicktriple6 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        It is a wicked pipe dream I give you that. Lmao But there is a lot of possibility that something happens. Wings need to do something but it takes bank to get something like they want in return. Very few teams can do it this year. What good would he be in Russia?

    • polegojim - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      nick… you must have started drinking EARLY…

      If Dats plays in the NHL… it will be in a Winged Wheel Red Sweater… period.

    • rossthebosspalmer - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Datsyuk’s daughter and family are in Russia, that’s why it is speculated that he wants to finish his career in Russia. No chance he plays for any other NHL team besides the Red Wings.

      • nicktriple6 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Just like Iginla would retire a flame? All I am sauing is anything is possible. As absurd as it may sound.

      • rutzey39 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        Yeah Nicktriple, I heard Patrick Roy and Wayne Gretzky are going to the Bruins too.

      • jtglumac - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Iginla left because he wanted a cup and Calagry could not give him that. Dats already has won the cup. So if he leaves the Wings, he is going home to Russia. So just keep on dreaming.

    • clefty1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Yeah right…Lay off the wacky tabbacy,,,

    • elrock7 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Wow! Only explanation I can think of for that ridiculous statement, is that you ate some really rotten clam chowder.

  2. bcisleman - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Holland wants top talent but he doesn’t want to send back top picks and prospects. For that to work, Feaster will have to be as much of an idiot as everyone thinks he is.

    • polegojim - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      ……and look what Holland and the Wings have produced for 22 years!

      Somehow… these guys get stuff done.

  3. killerpgh - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    I wondering what the Red Wings are gonna do with Howard and Filppula. Both are UFA’s after the season and both were rumored to be talking contact extensions last month. But still neither one has signed an extension. Holland took a risk last year with Hudler and he signed with the Flames and the Red Wings got nothing in return.

    • bensawesomeness - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      I’d be willing to bet Jimmy stays, i’d trade Filppula in a heartbeat if it ment a top 4 defencemen

      • polegojim - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        I agree Ben… Filppula is another ‘soft on the puck’ player. We got too many of those.

        Toughness, Grit are needed for any trades.

    • detwings - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      they’re close to signing howard to a 5-6 year extension

      • elrock7 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        How unfortunate for the Wings!

  4. 19to77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I imagine Pominville will include them in the list of teams he’ll consider.

  5. redgreentape - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    All stocked up on defense ? Sure if we could tape two together and make a couple good ones.

  6. profsudz - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Wings are on the downslide. Nobody is going to want to go there, as we saw last summer

    • polegojim - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Hahahahahahahha… keep dreaming Prof… the youth is coming on.

      The Wings aren’t down… they’re reloading.

    • clefty1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      FYI the Wings are working on a new contract with Howard. Profsudz get a clue, for one the Wings are working in some young players and last years UFA’s Suter and Parise wanted to play close to home ala what Dekeyser ended up doing as he signed with the Wings, also the salary cap is dropping next season which means some players will become available plus Holland wisely did not overspend on the UFA’s last season.

  7. LampyB - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Howard will stay, hes not going anywhere. We’d love to sign filppula and will prob try hard to do so, but hes not a lock.

    And no one really cares that we lost Hudler, he was horrible in playoffs and never really did anything his entire time in detroit.

  8. tmoore4075 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I love the comparing of Iginla in Calgary to Datsyuk in Detroit. The Flames haven’t made the playoffs in what 4 years? The Wings haven’t not missed the playoffs in 22. The Wings are currently sitting in the playoffs and the Flames are not. Pavel has 2 Cups and Iggy has 0. Iggy left (through trade mind you) because the team stunk and wanted to rebuild and he wanted a Cup. Pavel isn’t going anywhere but back to Russia.

    Wings are in a retooling phase but I like what they have for the future on D. Dekeyser, Smith and Lashoff along with Kindl who’s played better recently is a nice 4 for the future. Mixed with Kronwall who’s only 32. They also have a few young kids at forward who look pretty good. The Wings aren’t as bad off for the futre as some people think or hope.

    As for the deadline they have enough depth, when healthy, so I’m glad he’ll look to add top-end talent. It is what they need.

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