Injuries make trades difficult for Red Wings

The Red Wings could probably use another defenseman or two, but making that trade is difficult given all the current injuries on the roster. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Following the Dallas Stars' game against the Detroit Red Wings earlier this week, there was a reminder of how much cross pollination there has been between these two teams in the congregating that took place in the hallway outside the two dressing rooms.

There was Steve Ott, with his two year-old son in his arms sporting a rock solid blond faux hawk, chatting it up with Jamie Benn. The two were teammates for a few seasons in Dallas.

Former Red Wings player Patrick Eaves, along with his nine goals and fantastic beard, was chatting up longtime Red Wings employees in the hallway.

But it wasn’t until Stars GM Jim Nill (formerly an assistant GM in Detroit) was standing between Jimmy Howard and a bespectacled Johan Franzen that the idea registered of just how compatible these two rosters are.

Both teams have issues. The Stars have way too many NHL defensemen right now, a problem in the sense that coach Lindy Ruff has to make pairing and lineup decisions every night. It’s a pretty high-class problem.

The Red Wings are loaded with young forwards, but desperately need a good, young defenseman to add into the mix.