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Wings GM Holland likes his team, keeping ‘options open’ on trades

Jun 5, 2014, 8:29 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings’ offseason is one where they’ve got some improvements to make around the roster if they want to escape the first round of the playoffs next season.

Wings general manager Ken Holland knows he’s got some work to get done to make the team better, but getting it done through free agency may be risky. As Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press shares, he’s willing to talk trade.

“I’m moving along slow to keep our options open,” Holland said. “We’ll see what’s out there via trade. But we feel good about our team, and our fallback position is our kids.

“We’re trying to move kids in, and also have the right amount of vets.”

Keeping the right number of veteran players is where things may get tricky for Holland.

The Red Wings have six potential unrestricted free agents on July 1, five of whom are forwards: Daniel Alfredsson, Danny Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi, Mikael Samuelsson, and David Legwand. Those five make up a large part of the forward unit from last season. Defenseman Kyle Quincey could also test the free agent waters.

With younger players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco playing such important roles down the stretch and into the postseason, Holland’s job figuring out how to set it all up won’t be easy.

  1. pjblake2redwings - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    only re-sign Alfie if he is going to take the 3rd line role player and please DO NOT resign Cleary, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson, Quincey and Legwand!! I have a feeling either Jurco or Tatar and some draft picks are going to be traded this off season for an established 30 goal scorer.

    • cheliostwin - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      I wouldn’t mind see Legwand back. He only had half a season to try and fit himself into the team, a team that was constantly in flux. I think he is worth the risk of keeping him for another year to see what he can do in a stable environment.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    and they forgot about Monster in net and I hear the wings will resign him for 1 more yr for backup to Howard

  3. jmcurran28 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    This is what Wings fans have been waiting for, cutting the old dead weight and making room for the kids. Nothing against guys like Bert or Cleary who have been huge in the past but the kids are ripe and ready to play. I mean can you imagine how many more goals Nyquist would have scored if Cleary or Sammy hadn’t taken his roster spot? All of last years draft picks have done great in their respective leagues and we will be getting moved up to GR.

    And I don’t think Tatar is going anywhere, he really has become the heart of this new young team. Keep monster to back up Jimmy and re-sign Alfie he wants to go another year.

  4. smarshall3789 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I’d keep Alfie and Legwand. Legwand adds good depth at that position and can also play on the wing. He will probably take a discount too seeing how he’s from here. Id put up a prospect and draft picks for a young polished goal scorer! Also we need a top 3 dman please!

  5. stonecoldlocks1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    If you are going to do an article on the Wings, at least do your homework first. Samuelsson and Cleary were healthy scratches the last couple months, Bertuzzi was scratched much of the time too. None will be back, it is unlikely Legwand will either. None of them are “tough decisions”. The only decision is Alfie, and that is up to him if he wants to play another year. Quincey won’t be back, as he led the team in one category, taking bad penalties. If you had done your homework, you would know the Wings desperately need a righthand shot on D for their power play and will go after Matt Niskiannen.

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