Why Wings were idle at deadline

The Detroit Red Wings are on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in over 20 seasons this year, and to hear one blogger tell it, that might be just fine with team brass.

If the Wings can't win four of their final last five games -- a tall order given the way the they've been playing recently -- there's a good chance Hockeytown won't compete for the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1990.

But it would also give what's proven to be an average (at best) Detroit team this season a real shot at landing a lottery pick at June's unusually deep NHL entry draft. Could that be why Wings GM Ken Holland stood pat at the trade deadline earlier this month?

George Malik, writing on Kukla's Korner, suggests that it is:

"I'm starting to think that the reason the team's management chose to leave the Wings' current players to their own devices and hold onto that 1st-round draft pick because they fully understood that the team's performances against Columbus, Calgary, etc. over the course of the season meant that the team had a 50-50 chance of making the playoffs, at best."