So as everyone knows the Red Wings did nothing at the trade deadline, so to look at the deadline I’m going to instead look at the top five moves that affected Detroit.
5. Detroit signs D Dan DeKeyser
So the Wings didn’t make a trade at the deadline, but being able to sign DeKeyser is a great move for the Wings. He should be playing night in and out, and with the speed at which current players are getting injured, DeKeyser should be around for a while. He is a good puck moving defenseman with a high hockey IQ with NHL coaching during his time at Western Michigan from Andy Murray, the former LA Kings and St. Louis Blues head coach.
4. Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild
Minnesota already brought in a big haul this offseason of Parise and Suter, but were still not playing to the level that some people thought they would be. Bringing in Pominville is a gritty character guy who will help solidify this team and lead the Wild to the playoffs. Detroit is looking like they will be one of the last teams to make the playoffs (if they do) and the Wild could be one of the potential opponents, but lets cross that bridge when we get there.
3. San Jose trades Ryan Clowe, Douglas Murray and Michael Handzus for picks
San Jose is one of the teams the Wings are chasing for a playoff spot and seeding and San Jose looked toward the future with these three moves. True, Clowe hasn’t scored a goal this season, but he is a Wing killer who always seems to come up big against us. Murray was a solid defenseman and will fit in well in Pittsburgh. But the biggest move is Handzus going to Chicago. The Blackhawks now have depth at the center position, and someone besides Toews who can win a critical faceoff.
2. Martin Erat traded to Washington
Speaking of Wing killers, Erat was that guy who always seemed to come up with a big goal against Detroit for Nashville. Luckily for us, Erat wanted out of Nashville and the Predators sent him to the Capitals for a prospect. The only way that Erat can hurt us now is in the Stanley Cup Finals, and I don’t see a mad rush to put money down on that matchup happening this year.
1. Marion Gaborik traded to Columbus
This was the big one, at least in relation to the Red Wings, for two reasons. One, Gaborik was a target of the Wings and would have fit in nicely with Datsyuk on the top line. Two, instead of coming to Detroit, Gaborik ends up with the up-and-coming Blue Jackets to replace Rick Nash. The part that is the most frustrating about this trade is that the Wings could have easily offered a better package of players for Gaborik without breaking up the young core they have. I would have sent a Filppula, basically any of our defenseman, and then someone from Grand Rapids who the Wings think won’t fit in Detroit but still would have some value elsewhere. Instead we have the Blue Jackets nipping at our heels for the rest of the season and have more pressure to get every point we can for the rest of the season.