The Detroit Red Wings announced that forward Scott Wilson was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 4, 2017
The move essentially makes the return from Riley Sheahan’s trade to Pittsburgh (along with a fifth round pick) a third round pick and a fifth round pick.
Unless another move is made, the Red Wings now have twelve forwards on the roster, with Luke Witkowski eligible to return from his ten-game suspension in two more games.
After a brutal weekend featuring 6-3 and 10-1 losses to the division-rival Montreal Canadiens, could this be a move to clear a roster spot? I’m not sure calling up someone like Evgeny Svechnikov is the answer. This is a team with a lot of issues, a lone call-up isn’t going to make that much difference.
That said, getting anything for Wilson, who probably didn’t have a long-term role in Detroit, is decent.