Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he will 'explore' trade possibilities, but whether he pulls off a deal remains to be seen. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit — Expect quite a few trades this weekend during the NHL draft.
Whether the Red Wings will take part in any of the swapping remains to be seen.
“We’re going to explore,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, who is looking for a goal-scoring winger capable of playing on the top two lines or a top-four righthanded defenseman. “There’s a bunch of names out there.”
Players like Livonia native Ryan Kesler (Canucks) and Jason Spezza (Senators), although both appear headed to Western Conference contenders.
And defensemen Keith Yandle (Coyotes), Alex Edler (Canucks) and Dustin Byfuglien (Jets).
But, Holland isn’t ready to part with the asking price, likely forwards Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan or Tomas Jurco.
“Everybody else is trying to win, too,” Holland said. “There’s 29 other teams that are trying to do the same thing. We’re all trying to be a playoff team. So deals are tough.”
Holland met with representatives for numerous unrestricted free agents Thursday in Philadelphia.
Among the more popular players are defensemen Dan Boyle, Matt Niskanen, Anton Stralman and Tom Gilbert,
Niskanen’s agent Neil Sheehy said his client officially will test the market, likely ending his time in Pittsburgh.
Another player beginning to draw interest is Bruins forward Jarome Iginla.
Failing to work out a new contract with the Bruins, who are salary cap strapped, Iginla’s agent Don Meehan was meeting with teams to judge interest.
Iginla, 36, scored 30 goals last season, tied for the team lead.
Tyler Wright, director of amateur scouting for the Red Wings, doesn’t believe there’s a glaring, specific need at any one position in the organization.
In fact, he believes there are several defensemen and forwards at Grand Rapids who aren’t far from hitting the NHL, as well as goaltender Petr Mrazek.
When: 7 p.m. Friday (first round), 9 a.m. Saturday (rounds 2-7)
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Red Wings picks: 15, 76, 106, 136, 166, 196 and 201
|1. Florida||16. Columbus|
|2. Buffalo||17. Philadelphia|
|3. Edmonton||18. Minnesota|
|4. Calgary||19. Tampa Bay|
|5. NY Islanders||20. San Jose|
|6. Vancouver||21. St. Louis|
|7. Carolina||22. Pittsburgh|
|8. Toronto||23. Colorado|
|9. Winnipeg||24. Anaheim|
|10. Anaheim||25. Boston|
|11. Nashville||26. Montreal|
|12. Phoenix||27. Chicago|
|13. Washington||28. Tampa Bay|
|14. Dallas||29. L.Angeles|
|15. Detroit||30. New Jersey|