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Rumor: Injuries could force Red Wings to make major move

This could be Ken Holland’s last great stand in Detroit.

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In her latest Mailbag feature for the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Red Wings insider Helene St. James breaks down GM Ken Holland’s trade assets and, in particular, takes a look at the prospects of moving backup goalie Petr Mrazek for a defenseman or some scoring?

According to St. James, Mrazak’s trade value is at an all-time low. After an awful season in 2016-17 and a summer that saw him go unselected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, it’s hard to imagine Mrazaek being traded for anything other than a draft pick. That being said, the young goaltender has a history of stellar play and could turn things around once given a shot this season.

Should that happen and should the Red Wings gain some confidence in AHL starter Jared Coreau, then MAYBE Mrazek could fetch a decent return. Until that happens though, don’t look for the 25-year-old to hit the trade market.

Maybe a scenario opens up if a team loses its starting goaltender to injury and dangles a good offer (realistically, an above-average player or prospect, not a top scorer or top defenseman).

In 50 games last season, Mrazek sported an atrocious 3.04 GAA and .901 Sv%, so far this season he’s looked even worse with a 3.24 GAA in just four games.