Making the case for the Red Wings to trade Valtteri Filppula, and Johan Franzen’s trade value.


Should the Wings use Filppula as trade bait for Yandle?

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski recently commented on the opinions of myself and Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press suggesting the Red Wings won’t trade forward Valtteri Filppula for a defenseman. While Greg agrees with my take that moving Filppula for a defenseman would create a new hole in the roster by filling another one, he suggests it would be worthwhile if the defenseman were Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes. He also pointed out the Wings have over $11 million to find another center.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Easier said than done, Greg. I’ve frequently mentioned the Coyotes, after entertaining offers for Yandle during this year’s entry draft, have decided to retain Yandle. Even if Filppula could net Yandle, there’s not exactly a huge market for comparable centers via trade or free agency this year.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James suggested Johan Franzen and his reasonable cap hit “gives him high value in a potential trade for the top-four defenseman the Wings so badly need.” Still, she also believes a fired-up Franzen who plays with more consistency this season would be of considerable value to the Wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A big problem with Franzen’s contract, however, is that it runs through 2019-20. There won’t be a big market for a 32-year-old winger earning an average cap hit of over $3.95 million stretching over the next eight years.