Friday, February 15, 2008

Team To Watch: Detroit Red Wings

Note: first I apologize, the Stars DO NOT have a first round pick this year, they traded it to LA last year.

The Detroit Red Wings go into the deadline as the league's best team. They are set in goal with Hasek and Osgood, not to mention their future star in Jimmy Howard. Even as the league's best team, the wings are expected to be major buyers at the deadline.

We start on the blueline, where Detroit is all but sure to improve by Feb. 26. Brad Stuart is most likely to end up in Motown, while other big names such as Rob Blake (not likely as he doesn't want to go East) and Dan Boyle are also very high on Detroit's list.

Up front, the Red Wings would love to add one more offensive piece to their puzzle. Mats Sundin is one name that has been mentioned, while Tucker and Antropov are two other Leafs the Wings are said to have interest in. Marian Hossa would look good in Red, while Tampa's Prospal and NYI's Satan are other possible Red Wing by Feb. 26.

A guy like Sundin or Hossa will be expensive. Most believe Hudler, Filppula or Franzen will be involved in any big deal the wings make. Kindl is another prospect a lot of teams are asking about. For a guy like Prospal or Tucker, reports have Detroit offering prosects Quincy and Abdelkader.

Detroit is expected to add one forward and one d-man by the deadline, and all signs point to them doing at least that. The Wings are poised to lift the cup this spring, and feel they need to make a few moves to get there.

Tomorrow's Team: Calgary Flames