I tried to sum up my thoughts on what turned out to be the final Red Wings’ trade of this season’s deadline in my post about the trade of Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks, but I think there’s more to it than that.
I absolutely get playing the percentages. I get that you can’t trade for things that other teams don’t want to give you. It’s just that this team isn’t very good right now, it isn’t very fun to watch, and even their rebuild strategy is boring.
So, yeah, good deal, I’m just not going to get excited about it.
When Ken Holland spoke to the media after the trade deadline passed, he highlighted that there wasn’t a market for goalies, so he couldn’t move Jimmy Howard. He wasn’t going to ask Niklas Kronwall to move out of respect for the veteran. No one asked about Thomas Vanek and no one was willing to pay for Luke Glendening.
The general consensus reflects that. The Red Wings did the best they could with what they had.
I think that’s the part that’s depressing to me. Not that the Wings were sellers. Not that the team is in a rebuild. That they’re sellers with not much to sell, so they can’t get big pieces back for the rebuild.
Maybe Glendening on a cheaper contract or Darren Helm on a shorter one would have been moved but that’s not what the Wings have. The trade deadline is hard to swallow because the team as constructed is not good and can’t even be sold for scrap.
Next year it might be different, with Mike Green and Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson all on expiring deals. But that’s all we have as Wings fans now. Wait for bad contracts to be burned off. Watch what little the team can sell be moved for second and third round draft picks. Hope that one of those picks hits.