GOODNESS GRACIOUS GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! With the Detroit Red Wings season going down in flames, Ken Holland has set his sites on early draft picks. Holland had many calls about defenseman Brendan Smith in the past few weeks, and finally struck a deal with the New York Rangers. Detroit has now made the trade official and bagged a 3rd draft pick in the 2017 draft and a 2nd round pick in 2018(that NYR acquired from Ottawa earlier this season). The Red Wings are making moves to start their roster from the ground up over the next few years.
So far Detroit has secured 3rd round pics from the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and now the New York Rangers. All of this plus their regular draft picks and time still left before the March 1 trade deadline and lots of talent left to sell, it looks like the Red Wings are going to have a rough rest of the season. Riley Sheahan has also caught the Maple Leafs’ attention. Sheahan may be a great asset to go ahead and trade for some additional picks in the up coming draft for another team looking for someone with potential. He has yet to score with 9 assists this season despite playing in 58 games, compared to his 262 career games played and 36 goals with 58 assists.
With a reset already under way, we can expect drastic changes to the Red Wings roster. It seems trading who they can for some decent draft picks is the strategy there at The Joe. We can surely expect a couple more of the hockey greats in this next batch of rookies in the 2017 nhl draft and the 2018 nhl draft. Its going to be a long few seasons for the Detroit Red Wings and their fans. All we can hope for is a better shot at the Stanley Cup Championship title in a few years.
Detroit may be looking to trade Tomas Vanek as well. There have also been rumours about wanting to sign him again. With 15 goals 23 assists with 47 games played this season, and 687 points over all, the ageing Left Wing is still worth something and has some good potential. If they do sign him on for another contract, however, they will likely not protect him in the NHL expansion draft pending the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural season in the 2017-2018 season. We are certainly in for an interesting next few seasons of great hockey.
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