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Red Wings don’t plan on trading talented youngsters

Feb 5, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 26: Riley Sheahan #15 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck during the third period of the game against the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena on January 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Panthers defeated the Wings 5-4 in a shootout. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Detroit Red Wings have grown accustomed to a certain level of success, so even when it came time for the team to start rebuilding, they opted to do so piece-by-piece, phase-by-phase. That prevented them from finishing near the bottom of the league and getting a top pick, but it’s allowed them to get younger while still being legitimate contenders for a playoff spot every season.

Fast forward to the present day and the Red Wings are in position to make the playoffs for the 23rd straight campaign despite the onslaught of injuries they’ve had to endure. That’s been possible because the fruits of their unconventional rebuild like Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar have been able to step up.

Still, with their spot less than secure and the trade market heating up, the question of what the Red Wings will do next has naturally been raised. Last week, Red Wings GM Ken Holland suggested that he was willing to be a buyer if his team’s position warranted it.

That might still be the case in theory, but in practice Detroit isn’t likely to make a major move.

“I don’t envision us trading away players who could be part of our future,” Holland explained, according to the Detroit News. “Those are the players other teams will be asking about.”

That decision puts one of the longest playoff streaks in NHL history at risk, but Detroit has stuck with their plan this long and now it’s starting to pay off.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    This isn’t surprising. If there is one organization that is last to press the panic button, it is DET. I’ve always been impressed on how the FO conducts itself in regards to player management.

  2. wingz101 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Holland’s recent free agent signings or trades (hello Quincey) haven’t been anything special, but they did provide some useful players that could bridge the gap between the present and the future.

    And the future looks great: Sheahan (1st Rnd), Tatar (2nd Rnd), Nyquist (4th Rnd), Jurco (2nd Rnd), Mrazek (5th Rnd), DeKeyser (FA) and Glendening (FA) look ready for the NHL right now. Coming soon are Mantha (1st Rnd), Ouellet (2nd), Marchencko (7th), Sproul (3rd) and just a bit further away is a Zetterberg clone in Calle Jarnkrok (2nd) and a top d-man in the SEL, Matthias Bachman (5th Rnd). Even a guy like Andreas Athanasiou (4th) is turning heads in the OHL and probably one of the three fastest skaters in that league. Lots of talent, lots of skill and even size.

    • dstrong55 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      All of this and you didn’t even mention Teemu Pulkkinen, who leads the Griffins in scoring.

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Once they get healthy and spend some time together this team is going to be very dangerous in the playoffs. They will peak at the right time and Jimmy Howard will shine once the Olympics are over. Eastern Conference Champs!

  4. tmoore4075 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    With all the injuries they’ve had this year they are still in the playoffs if it started today. You gotta assume when they get the likes of Datsyuk, Franzen and Weiss back they’ll be even better. They need help on D in the short-term but they won’t risk these young kids who have been great, to get a veteran d-man. Health would be the biggest acquisition they could hope for. Missing 3 of your top 6 right now.

  5. lowenni - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I’m so excited to see how Tatar is gonna develop in the next few years. His hands really do resemble the moves of Datsyuk. He’s so fun to watch and so shifty.

  6. muckleflugga - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    as unfortunate as it may be, we may have seen the last of franzen

    the future burns bright in detroit all the same … skill and speed in abundance … good hockey to come

    the pure game

  7. Jeremy Darke - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Babcock and the Wings management are certainly not going to throw away all those years of development just to secure a playoff birth, which they may even get through the young and inspirational legs that they already have. Nyquist, Tatar and Sheahan are going to be worth their weight in gold in a couple of years and can very easily become the foundation in motor town in the distant future. I wouldn’t expect too much out of Detroit during trade season when the confidence is so high with the kids they have now, it could unsettle the balance.

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