Detroit Red Wings Listen to Offers for Defensemen Amid Playoff Push

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The Detroit Red Wings are exploring the possibility of trading some of their defensive assets ahead of the NHL trade deadline, according to a report from ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. 

While specific players were not named, it’s evident that Detroit is considering offers for certain blueliners to leverage their depth on the back end.

Among the notable names potentially available is Shayne Gostisbehere, who leads all Detroit defenseman in scoring with 36 points in 57 games. 

Despite his offensive contributions, Gostisbehere’s expiring contract and the Red Wings’ position in the playoff mix could make him an enticing target for playoff contenders.

Justin Holl, signed by Detroit for $3.4 million per year for three seasons, hasn’t met expectations and could be on the move to alleviate cap pressure. Similarly, Jeff Petry, acquired late in the summer, presents an option for teams seeking defensive depth, albeit with a limited no-trade clause.

Red Wings’ Ambitions

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The Detroit Red Wings are exploring the possibility of trading some of their defensive assets ahead of the NHL trade deadline, according to a report from ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.

The Red Wings also have left-shot blueliners Ben Chiarot and Olli Maatta potentially available. Chiarot’s $4.75 million price tag through 2025-26 may deter some suitors, while Maatta’s $3 million AAV could be seen as high for a third-pairing role. 

With prospect Simon Edvinsson progressing well in the AHL, Detroit may feel comfortable moving a left-shot defenseman to open up opportunities for the youngster.

Despite currently holding a wild-card spot, Detroit’s general manager Steve Yzerman seems open to making moves, although he’s unlikely to sell assets for mere pennies on the dollar. With ample cap space, the Red Wings have flexibility to maneuver before the March 8th trade deadline, whether through veteran departures or player-for-player swaps.

While the market for blueliners may not be ideal, Detroit’s willingness to explore options suggests they are keen to optimize their roster for both the present and the future. As the deadline approaches, the Red Wings could emerge as a team to watch as they navigate the trade market in pursuit of their goals.

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