Should the Red Wings make the playoffs, the roster they have now will be the same then. Which means today's trade deadline is likely to be a quiet one for Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and Co. "I like our depth," Holland said Tuesday. "Unless we get that (top-four defenseman or top-nine forward), I don't think we have a deal." Simply, Holland doesn't appear to be interested in acquiring a rental player who likely would leave for unrestricted free agency this summer. There was, however, a temptation Tuesday when Stars officials had forward Jaromir Jagr on the block. But … The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent was traded to the Bruins for a first-round pick and two prospects. The Red Wings also were interested in Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, a top-four-caliber defenseman. But he was traded to the Blues on Monday for a conditional 2013 first-round pick and two prospects. There still are players expected to be available who could help the Red Wings — if Holland backtracks on his stance against rentals — such as defensemen Mark Streit (Islanders) or Ryan Whitney (Oilers).
Ken Holland says Red Wings fans shouldn't expect trades
Detroit News | Apr 3