The 2017-18 season has not started yet that many NHL insiders were already predicting a specific trade out of the Detroit Red Wings. Now the campaign is more than well underway, the Wings currently sit 25th in the League with an 11-12-5 record, but Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has revealed that one trade everyone expected might not happen at the deadline.
It was almost assumed that defenseman Mike Green would be move before the Feb. 26 deadline. However, now St. James is saying that the Wings are still working for a playoff spot, having missing the postseason for the first time in 25 years last spring. If they do reach a playoff berth, it is believed Green will be held on to and only moved in the summer.
"He’s their only real source of offense from the back end. If, like last season, they deem the playoffs unlikely, absolutely he will get moved."
As St. James points out, GM Ken Holland will wait as long as he can to move Green before the end of the season, taking all the time he can to decide if he is a buyer or a seller.
If the playoffs are out of reach and Green is moved, Green is expected to fetch an interesting return.
"He should fetch a nice return — Brendan Smith yielded a second-round and third-round pick, and Green has way more offensive skill. Green will be highly attractive to a potential contender looking to add scoring."
Since now nothing is set in stone, we will have to keep a close eye on the standings and on what Holland finally decide to do with his top defenseman.