By Chris Zadorozny
Could the Red Wings be on the verge of a trade, or a couple of trades? Despite the gut-wrenching blowout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings are still in playoff contention; especially with a bounce back, 3-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche .
Only three points separate eighth from 13th in the Western Conference right now, so it’s a tight race, but the Red Wings will once again be buyers after a successful western conference road trip.
We have already seen Jarome Iginla go to the Penguins, and on the very same night, Sidney Crosby get hit in the mouth with a puck.
So what will the Red Wings do? They just signed prized college defenseman, Danny DeKeyser out of Western Michigan University, who is expected to remain with the team the remainder of the season. It is possible he could see some playing time down the stretch, especially if the injury bug returns.
The Red Wings are still without Todd Bertuzzi and Darren Helm, with no timetable for either one of them to return. Mikael Samuelsson returned for a night, but was injured and will be out again, day-to-day. Captain Henrik Zetterberg is also out with a lower body injury and is day-to-day according to the team.
Finally, Johan Franzen returned and is expected to bring some size back to the lineup after his short-term lower body injury.
The rumor currently going around is that the Red Wings have inquired about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis. He has a $5.3 million contract this year, and with the Lightning sinking in the standings, and GM Steve Yzerman firing head coach Guy Boucher a week ago, the Lightning could be selling this season.
St. Louis has a no-movement clause, but that could change in the next couple of days leading up to the deadline. There is no rumor on what the Lightning could want in return, but it should be expected at least a pick and a top prospect. The Red Wings also appear to be interested in San Jose Sharks forward, Ryan Clowe.
Bouwmeester was just traded to the St. Louis Blues for a first round pick, and two prospects late Monday evening. As for Clowe, it won’t be as big, more so a prospect or some draft picks.
If the Red Wings can get St. Louis on the cheap, without ridding of some NHL talent, they could get a scorer that is badly needed.
Check back Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the day for more trade rumors and Red Wings deals leading up to the trade deadline.
To read the original post that appeared on Sports Radio Detroit on April 2, 2013, go to www.sportsradiodetroit.com.