Last season, Detroit’s plan at the trade deadline wasn’t necessarily to trade a high-end prospect (Calle Jarnkrok) and draft pick to acquire David Legwand from the Predators. If anything, the Red Wings were kicking the tires on defensemen in their attempt to keep their playoff streak going.
Then, during the weekend before the trade deadline, Red Wings GM Ken Holland got hit with bad news.
“I’d gotten the news in the last 48 hours leading up to the deadline that [Darren] Helm was down with a concussion. [Pavel] Datsyuk was having some knee issues, we were looking for a guy who could be a No. 1 or No. 2 center,” Holland said. “We paid, what I would say, is a steep price.”
Trade deadline plans change. But as of right now, the one in Detroit for this season looks like this: Holland won’t be trading for depth players.