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03-13-2005, 04:48 PM
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The original point here was the trades would Detroit make if they IF they needed to rebuild. IMO you would see trades in the nature of what NY did last year. Trading away expensive verterans for prospects and picks.

A few things to consider:

1. Rebuilding doesn't mean trading away youth (Zetterberg, Datsyuk). That's another thread.
2. Curtis Joseph, Manny Legace, Steve Yzerman and Jason Woolley will all be unsigned UFAs this July. Shanahan has an option (I'm not sure what type).
3. Kris Draper is signed long-term and not going anywhere.

Players you could see traded in a NY-style rebuild if it were ever necessary:

Mathieu Dandenault ($1.6 million)
Tomas Holmstrom ($1.8m)
Darren McCarty ($2.25m)
Ray Whitney ($3.25m)
Brendan Shanahan ($4.0m)
Derian Hatcher ($5.0m)

Let's pretend they traded away all of those guys for appropriate packages and that they didn't re-sign Chelios or Schnieder, and Yzerman retires (just for the exercise). It leaves them with a core that looks like this. These ARE NOT LINES. They are more like depth charts.


Zetterberg, Datsyuk-



... So the exercise here is to see what you can get for the veterans above that would fit nicely with these depth charts. Away you go.

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