Latest on the Red Wings & Blackhawks – September 9, 2017
Trade candidates for the Detroit Red Wings and addressing the Chicago Blackhawks blueline concerns in your NHL rumor mill.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites NHL insider Elliotte Friedman’s Friday appearance on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 where he talked about the Detroit Red Wings’ possible trade candidates. He thinks defenseman Mike Green, who’s an unrestricted free agent next summer, as a potentially popular trade option if he plays well this season.
Friedman also wondered if center Riley Sheahan, who struggled in 2016-17, might become a trade chip. He said he knew the Toronto Maple Leafs looked at the 25-year-old Sheahan last season because they believed he was better than his stats.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Green gets shopped to a playoff contender toward the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Sheahan, however, could be moved sooner than that if Wings management decides to free up more salary-cap room to re-sign promising winger Andreas Athanasiou, who’s threatening to sign with a KHL club for more money. The Wings reportedly offered him a two-year deal worth around $1.9 million annually, but he could get $3 million on a one-year offer from a KHL club.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: During a recent Q&A with Blackhawks fans, Chris Hine was asked if the club might acquire a defenseman to shore up their blueline depth. He believes they will, noting they signed free agent Cody Franson to a professional tryout offer. Hine thinks the significant moves will come once sidelined winger Marian Hossa ($5.275 million cap hit) is placed on long-term injured reserve after the season begins. He feels general manager Stan Bowman could take several weeks to evaluate his roster before making a deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Franson cracks the Blackhawks roster he’ll likely get around $1 million as Bowman will want to ensure he has sufficient cap space later in the season for a bigger move. I concur with Hine that Bowman will take time to evaluate his roster’s performance before swinging a deal. I do think that move will come closer to the trade deadline than earlier in the season, though that could change if the Hawks struggle out of the gate.