Trade talks involving the Detroit Red Wings are increasing as the Feb. 26 deadline approaches.
The Red Wings would like to move multiple players for draft picks and/or prospects, but they're not going to give away assets for low returns.
One player almost certain to be dealt is Mike Green. Tampa Bay is the most likely destination for the 32-year-old defenseman, who has agreed to waive his no-trade clause if a deal with the Lightning can be made, a source told MLive.
The Red Wings and Lightning have had many discussions and will continue to talk. Detroit would like Tampa Bay's first-round pick this year, which is sure to be in the high 20s, if not 30th or 31st. If the Red Wings must settle for a second-round pick, which would be around 60th overall, they'll also want a young player who can step into their lineup next season.
The league-leading Lightning are seeking a puck-moving defenseman as the potential final piece to a Stanley Cup championship team. Green has six goals and 23 assists in 56 games.
The opportunity to win his first Cup appeals to Green, who is in the final year of his contract at $6 million. But Green also likes playing for the Red Wings, who haven't ruled out the possibility of attempting to re-sign him on July 1 even if he is traded.
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