Latest on the Red Wings, Stars and Oilers – September 1, 2014

Should the Red Wings deal some youth for an established star? Will the Stars shop for a right-handed defenseman? Can the Oilers find a suitable deal for a center? 

Could the Red Wings package Tomas Tatar for a defenseman?

Could the Red Wings package Tomas Tatar for a right-handed defenseman?

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan, responding to a reader’s question, reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland had interest earlier this summer in Buffalo Sabres blueliner Tyler Myers and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green. Holland also inquired into some players, like Ryan Kesler, but either didn’t have the assets or was unwilling to part with what it would take to land them. Khan believes the Wings should pursue an impact player but it depends upon the return. “Should they package someone like Tatar, Jurco or Smith with a prospect or two for a star player? Again, it depends on the return,” writes Khan. He also doesn’t consider free-agent winger Dustin Penner as a viable option, and believes RFA defenseman Danny DeKeyser will be re-signed before training camp opens. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Holland could still pursue a top-four defenseman with a right-handed shot, but as Khan suggests, it’ll depend upon the return. It could also depend upon the club’s performance in training camp and in early-season play. I also expect DeKeyser will be re-signed in time for training camp. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika, responding to a reader’s trade suggestions, doubts the Stars shop Devin Shore or Jason Dickinson. Heika also believes Sergei Gonchar, Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff currently have little trade value, and doesn’t believe the Stars are interested in trading Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley or Vern Fiddler, though that could change depending on who’s available in the trade market. He also doesn’t believe the Stars, who need a right-handed shot on their blueline, are pursuing Buffalo’s Tyler Myers or Washington’s Mike Green.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Heika that the Stars probably aren’t pursuing a big trade right now. Like most NHL general managers, the Stars’ Jim Nill will take the time to assess his club’s performance during training camp and preseason play to determine if any significant moves should be made. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis noted Oilers GM Craig MacTavish’s recent comments about a lack of quality centers currently available in the trade market.  Willis cites Andrei Loktionov, currently sidelined until mid-September following offseason shoulder surgery, as the best center still available in the UFA market but doesn’t see him as an upgrade over Mark Arcobello.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the trade market opens up for centers during training camp and preseason, the Oilers will be forced to look to within to bolster their depth at center. 


  1. too bad yandle isn’t a right handed seems he would fit into the wings just fine. also you would think they would have seen this trend years ago and drafted a few right handed d-men.

  2. if i was holland,i think i would go after someone like connor murphy from the coyotes.i’m sure some would argue that he is too inexperienced but i believe he is a player that is just a step away from being a #1 d-man.i don’t know why the coyotes don’t trade a couple of thier d-men to get a star forward. what a logjam.

  3. Maybe Jeff Petry could be the right handed D-man the Wings trade for. The Oilers have young guys coming up like Nurse and Klefbom so they could afford to ship him out for a #2 or #3 centre. As for Loktionov, he could have some chemistry with Yakupov as well.

    • “As for Loktionov, he could have some chemistry with Yakupov as well.” you say this because?… their last names end in “ov”???

      • Actually yes,that’s exactly why. Players “sometimes” play better with a countryman who came up with the same style of play.Bure/Mogilny,Naslund/Forsberg (Modo),Nash/Thornton/Nash(Davos). Not exactly breaking news Tucker.

  4. How about the prospect of Stephen Weiss being swapped for Petry? Weiss is more of a gamble with his expensive $4.9 million contract for the next 4 years and injury history but if he stays healthy he’d be the answer to the #2 centre hole in the Oilers line up giving Draisaitl the extra year to develop. Nugent Hopkins, Weiss, Arcobello and Gordon as the 1,2,3 & 4th line centres. Hendricks and Lander could pop in and out of the line up when needed. Petry might be a bit unproven but he’s a UFA next year so if he does’nt cut the mustard in Motown they can cut bait and let him walk.

    • This one actually makes a lot of sense to me. Don’t see it happening (Wings seem to want a more proven d-man), but I think it’s a good, reasonable trade suggestion… a rarity on here some days! :)

      Nice one!

      • Fair enough. Maybe Justin Schultz. Better pedigree, right handed, same contract.

        • This one seems to make a bit more sense imo, little better puck mover/skater better on the pp, just not sure Weiss is worth the risk.

    • As a Wings fan, I would probably be willing to do this if you included either a decent prospect and/or a 1st or 2nd round draft pick in the offchance they don’t get to re-sign Petry. I was wondering why they didn’t pursue this option earlier in the offseason actually

  5. So how about Johanson to the Oil for Eberle plus? Columbus has some depth at centre and the Jackets would get back scoring winger. Not sure what Edmonton would have to include but it would likely have to be a pick and a prospect. The Oil then actually get a big bodied centre which could make a world of difference.

    • Cant see the Oil giving up Eberle plus for a center with one good year, yes Johansen may develop in to a great 1 or 2 C but so may Draisaitl and they already have RNH…not sure its worth giving up a top line winger to get a center who is maybe a year or 2 more developed than the 1 they drafted this year…for a more experienced true number 1 guy I could see a package including Eberle but that is not Johansen.

  6. If I was Columbus, I’d never swing that deal. I have a sneaky suspicion that Johansen is just scraping the surface of the immense talent he has. I wish the Canucks had him.

    • Eberle is just 24 years old only really been in the league for 1 season longer than Johansen and nearly 50 more goals and nearly 120 more points…not saying Johansen wont be good but imo you dont go giving up Eberle (locked up 6 mill for 6 years) plus for a player who (wants 7 mill and has no contract) is not as proven as Eberle, its a step backwards.