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As trade deadline nears, the Wings are ‘on the bubble’ (with lots of other teams)

Feb 27, 2014, 2:55 PM EST

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Detroit general manager Ken Holland has a dilemma. Like any GM, he’d like to improve his team before Wednesday’s trade deadline. However…

“Unfortunately, we’re on the bubble,” Holland told ESPN.com. “It’s hard to risk that if we miss the playoffs, to trade a high draft pick or a real top prospect for not even a playoff run. At the same time, we feel that the kids that we’ve got — Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco — they have really made a positive impact on our hockey team. Looks like they’re going to be around here for a while and they should be getting better.”

The Red Wings aren’t the only ones with a dilemma. Per Sports Club Stats, there are 16 teams that could be called “on the bubble,” starting with the Kings (at 91.8% to make the playoffs) all the way down to the Jets (11.7%).

Detroit is at 49.9% following last night’s overtime win in Montreal.

Of course, while Holland may be loathe to roll the dice on a pending unrestricted free agent (a.k.a. a rental), he could still pull off a deal for a player with term remaining on his contract. Not surprisingly given yesterday’s report, there’s plenty of speculation about Michigan native Ryan Kesler possibly being traded to the Wings, though we tend to wonder if Holland isn’t all stocked up on injury-prone forwards.

  1. rbbbaron - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Pretty unlikely because it could only happen if Weiss is going the other way. Their cap hits are basically the same, but Holland would have to throw in picks to make it palatable.

    • bcsteele - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Weiss has a modified no trade clause also; wow Detroit is getting the shaft on that deal so far.

      • rbbbaron - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        That’s why I don’t expect it to happen. I wouldn’t rule it out completely (Weiss does have some old team mates from FLA over there), but getting 1.Weiss’ consent plus 2.Vancouver management on board (think they want damaged goods?) and 3.Holland to give up prospects and/or picks = I’m not getting my hopes up.

      • elrock7 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        you couldn’t even trade Weiss to a KHL team.

  2. tmoore4075 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    They are getting healthier, minus Hank, so I don’t see Kesler happening. Plus Weiss isn’t going the other way,he has a NMC so doubt he’d want to go anywhere. Wings need help on D not up front. Need a top 4 dman to help out Ericsson, Kronwall and DeKeyser. But like he said, price might be high and you aren’t going to do that for a UFA.

    • elrock7 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Honestly, if the Wings think that DeKeyser is in their top 4 at this point, they are in trouble.

      He has not developed into a top 4 yet.

  3. sgs32 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Since the Wings have a balanced mix between vets and young guys so they shouldn’t throw everything on the line to make a run in the playoffs.

  4. kfraser91 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    please dont bring that douche bag buckeye back to michigan….

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