With three weeks until the NHL Trade Deadline, things are heating up off the ice. There are lots of names out there who will bring value to a contending team heading into the playoffs. However, not all trades are worth the price of admission. Time to analyze the daily NHL Trade Deadline Rumors for Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
NHL Trade Deadline Rumors
What is Mike Green’s Trade Value
One of the big names heading into the trade deadline day is Mike Green. Green, who currently plays for the Detroit Red Wings, will add value to any team’s defense. However, what will teams be willing to give up for a 32-year-old defenseman? Green is having a career year for Detroit. He is on pace to tally over 40 points for only the second time in for seasons. As Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet writes Green still can play, but not at the level he once did.
Many around the league believe could fetch a first-round pick.That is exactly what the Blues received for Kevin Shattenkirk. Realistically, teams should expect to spend a second or a third-round pick for a player who is a little older. At one point you could say Mike Green was a better defenseman than Shattenkirk. And despite playing on a bad team, Green has been one of Detroit’s better players. On a team where he is clearly a 1A or 1B defenseman, where would Green go, where he would be on the top pairing? Obviously, a team like Toronto could use help on the backend. The Maple Leafs have a clear weakness on defense, but will the team market their future on a rental?
My thoughts: Mike Green still have something left in the tank. As for him going to Toronto, that is something the Maple Leafs should not do. The Maple Leafs already have too many players like Green on their defense. Those players include Morgan Reilly and Jake Gardiner. Toronto does not need another offensive minded defenseman, they need someone who can stay at home in front of Frederick Anderson. As Bob McKenzie points on TSN 1050 Radio, the price for defensemen at the deadline could scare the Maple Leafs off. A team out there will be willing to pay a high price for Mike Green.
Blues Not Going to Deal Away Future
The St. Louis Blues are getting healthier at the right time. With Jaden Schwartz coming back into the lineup, the Blues are a contender once again for the Stanley Cup. However, as Kelly Chase notes on TSN 960 Montreal Radio, the Blues need depth scoring. Scottie Upshall and Dmitrij Jaskin have more combined goals than the Blues entire third line. That is a problem for a team that wants to compete in a very tough Western Conference. Some of the names that could help fill the void would be Mike Hoffman and Max Pacioretty. However, Chase also notes that management will not market their prospects for guys like that who can add scoring.
St. Louis believes they have the players in their farm system. Chase points out that the Blues are taking a page out of the Red Wings book by having their prospects spend at least two years in the AHL before calling them up. General Manager Doug Armstrong will only make a trade that will benefit the team long-term. It may be beneficial for the Blues to use their players within their system for depth scoring instead of trying to trade for that home run piece.
My Thoughts: In fact sometimes going for the home run ends up burning a franchise. Most of the time the player ends up leaving or does not fit well on the team messing up the chemistry a team has built. As mentioned before St. Louis is getting healthier. Everyone who was injured is returning to the lineup. The Blues have the depth in the farm system to be a contender. St. Louis would be better off looking for players on existing contracts instead renting players for not even half a season.
Winnipeg to be Buyers
Sticking with the Central Division, the best team in the division just lost a key piece on their team. Even without Mark Scheifele in the lineup, the Jets have not missed a beat. Now the Jets will be without their best defensemen Jacob Trouba for six to eight weeks. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff believes with Trouba coming back, he will not need to make a move on the right side. However, the Jets are still looking to upgrade their defense as Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet points out.
In fact, Winnipeg’s weakness is not on the right side as Tyler Myers, Dustin Byfuglien, and Jacob Trouba (when healthy) make formidable foes for any team. However, the left side of the defense is the one in question. Though Josh Morrissey and Tobias Enstrom have raised their levels this season, Trouba had been playing with Morrissey prior to his injury. That pair was the top pair for Winnipeg. Now with Trouba out of the lineup, the question will be who gets paired with Morrissey. Even with the elevated minutes for Byfuglien and Myers, the Jets know they can play well without Trouba in the lineup.
My Thoughts: As Friedman points out the Jets are a good team, who has finally got it all together. They are contending for a division title and have a good chance of going far in the playoffs. It would not come as a shock to anyone if Kevin Cheveldayoff makes a move or two to improve his club chances down the stretch heading into the playoffs.
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