With the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline on April 3 at 3 p.m. ET, Eye on Hockey will examine whether each team is a buyer or seller at the deadline, and who each team should look to sell or receive by the deadline.
Buyers or Sellers?
The Red Wings should be in buy mode, if they do anything at all at the deadline. As of Monday, the Wings are solidly in the playoffs, but there's a lot of room for strengthening the lineup, particularly on the back end.
Detroit has struggled to stay healthy this year, which means general manager Ken Holland may not have had enough time to evaluate what the team actually has vs. what he might need. The point remains, the blue line could be better, especially with Kyle Quincey lost forthe next four to six weeks.
The Red Wings are deep on prospects and could move draft picks if need be, but would Holland be willing to part with potentially valuable future assets?
The Detroit Red Wings are looking at potentially strengthening their top four on defense, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Whether Detroit fills that hole with a puck-mover or stout shutdown defenseman is still unclear.
Khan wrote that the Red Wings are interested in Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid as a potential shutdown target. Should the Wings look more for a defender with some offense to bring to the table, Calgary Flames blueliner Jay Bouwmeester might fit the bill.
As Khan noted, the Wings need some extra grit on the back end and Smid has plenty of it. He hits, he blocks shots and he can be awfully tough to play against. Smid's contract is up at the end of the year, and it is believed the Oilers would like to try to re-sign him, which could drive the price up.
The Wings were rumored to be interested in Bouwmeester going back to last summer. As Calgary fades in the Western Conference standings, interest should be high in this 29-year-old rearguard. He's signed through the 2013-14 season at a big but manageable $6.68 million cap hit. Bouwmeester does have a no-movement clause, so he'd need to sign off on any trade.
Jarome Iginla has also been mentioned as a potential target for Detroit, though there isn't as much need at forward as there is on defense. As one of the hottest names this trade deadline, Iginla may command too rich a price for the Red Wings. Iginla has a no-trade clause.
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