The NHL trade deadline is less than 30 days away on February 24th. Many Detroit fans are left wondering where the rebuilding Wings stand in the process. Most rebuilding teams strategy would be to sell expiring contracts for draft stock or young prospects. Detroit is put in a peculiar situation as the trade deadline approaches. The Red Wings have an abundance of young talent throughout the organization, which leaves them with very limited options to be active during the trade deadline.
Early reports have confirmed that Trevor Daley, the Wings veteran defensemen has asked GM Steve Yzerman to be dealt to a contending team. With Daley being a veteran, some contending teams will show interest in adding some depth before a deep playoff run. Unfortunately, fans cannot expect much of a return for the 36 year old defenseman that has gathered 4 points in 26 games. Some possibilities could be Daley being dealt to Dallas, but with the Stars salary cap issues, any trade would be much more complicated without the Wings retaining some of his salary for a conditional 5th round pick. Another alternative would be sending Trevor Daley to Edmonton, as Daley was brought to Detroit by previous GM Ken Holland (now GM for the Oilers). Daley also played for now Edmonton coach Dave Tippett, when they spent time together in Dallas. Even though Edmonton is not a lock for contending, this might be the most reasonable option. Detroit could sneak out a 4th round pick for the 2021 draft.
Another ongoing rumor would be trading center Luke Glendening. The 30 year old is in his 3rd year of a 4 year contract with a $1.8 million cap hit. Luke has earned himself 9 points in 40 games, which isn’t something he can hang his hat on, but he is a very smart and disciplined player especially helping out on penalty kills. As he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer, he could intrigue playoff contending teams for most likely a conditional 3rd or 4th round pick. Both Yzerman and Blashill see Glendening as a very valuable asset to the Red Wings roster, so fans should not expect Luke to be dealt unless another team offer is too good to turn down.
Detroit fans should not expect the Wings to be very active in this trade deadline. Detroit does not have the key trade chips that they have had in the past couple years with dealing Nyquist, Tatar, and Jensen. I think fans can expect Yzerman to be quiet during the trade deadline, but more aggressive when the year ends prior to the draft. I can see them pawning off Daley, but with very little return, it would be nothing to get excited about. AA and Glendening are too valuable to use as trading chips at this time.