Let's assume Ken Holland makes at least one trade prior to the trade deadline. While he's not the biggest wheeler and dealer he has made trades in years past to address a need. He also has been very reluctant to trade roster players, with the last one that comes to mind being Jason Williams in a deal that brought Kyle Calder to Detroit.
So with this being highly speculative and not likely based on past trades, which roster player do you think is most likely to be traded?
I vote Filppula for a couple reasons
-only one of the list that could actually bring back anything of any real value
-he is of a position that we have our most depth(forward)
-KH may actually be thinking about using all of the tools of a GM and actually be willing to think proactively and make an aggressive trade of substance with eyes on the future(top pairing dman)
I don't see what good it does to get rid of Abby. Abdelkader and Tootoo as the 4th line wingers is solid going forward, brings much needed grit down the lineup when we have a 3rd line that is more skilled than it is gritty. Let the two build chemistry(both are signed 2+ more years) and let Miller and Eaves walk whose roles have steadily declined and aren't as gritty. If we look at the bottom six guys in the system; Sheahan, Ferraro and Andersson, they bring some scoring touch so keep the grit and get rid of the "scorers".
That said, I think there are two big $ contracts that could be better off spent on something else and that is Quincey's near $4M and Filppula's next contract that is going to come north of $4M. Quincey's could be spent on an actual defensive defenseman, and Filppula's could be spent on an actual goalscoring winger.
I'm not convinced anyone is going to be traded. But if there is a trade, Filppula, Lashoff, and Abdelkader are not candidates. The Wings have already publicly stated that they want to have Flip locked up before the end of the season, Lashoff was just signed, and Babcock loves Abdelkader (plus, he's young, cheap, and does have use).
I don't think Eaves has much value at this point, since he has a significant concussion history and hasn't really done much since his last one; I suppose he could be a throw-in in a multi-player deal, but I doubt it.
Andersson isn't going to be the centerpiece of any deal either. Like Eaves, he could be a throw-in if the Wings go after a big fish, but I'd expect it to be a more prominent prospect included if that happens.
That leaves Quincey and Kindl as the best candidates to be traded. As much as I am not a fan of Kindl, I'd rather it be Quincey who is moved, mainly because he's overpaid for what he actually is (not a top-4 guy) and would provide meaningful cap space for next season. That said, I feel like it's more likely Kindl is traded than Quincey. I do think the Wings have soured a little on Quincey, but not as much as most fans would hope.
Kindl and Andersson are the most likely. Though I don't think anyone will be traded.
If I had to choose I'd trade Filppula, even though I've always supported him. I believed last year wasn't a fluke and that he'd turned the corner after finally getting top-six minutes but I was wrong. The guy just isn't valuable for us when we already have two of the better playmakers in the league centering our top lines. And, injury or not, Fil is afraid to drive the net. He's been the definition of a perimeter player this year. I wish we would've traded Fil for Ryder+. I think it would've been a solid trade for both parties.