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The Daily: Why Defenseman Nick Leddy isn’t on Trade Bait List



Latest trade bait list doesn't have a single Detroit Red Wings player. Shouldn't Nick Leddy be on the list?

Frank Seravelli published his trade bait list at It has the usual suspects: Phil Kessel, Evander Kane, Jake DeBrusk and Vladimir Tarasenko.

But the trade bait list has no Red Wings.

Shouldn’t defensepman Nick Leddy be on that trade bait list? He is going to be an unrestricted free agent, and the Red Wings are rebuilding.  Thomas Greiss and Marc Staal are other possibilities

But probably not now. The Red Wings are trying to stay competitive. They believe that’s important for their young players and Leddy is helping them do that. You can’t rule out Leddy ending up as a trade candidate. But not now, with the Red Wings playing better than expected. Same is true for Greiss and Staal.

Rumors of the Day

Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy has the latest on Jake DeBrusk trade front. 

Around the NHL

Detroit:  Danny DeKeyser’s return shouldn’t mean an end to Jordan Oesterle’s time in the Red Wings’ lineup

Also, even as a rookie Lucas Raymond has an understanding of how he needs to play to be effective in the NHL.

Montreal:  New Habs boss Jeff Gorton said, “I’m not scared of anything.” He laid out the plan to rebuild the Montreal Canadiens. 

Also, expect the trade market to be run over by Montreal rumors. Montreal Hockey Now beat writer Jon Still will be on top of it. Follow him here. 

Pittsburgh: Penguins coach  Mike Sullivan dropped Kasperi Kapanen to the third line to start practice.  Pittsburgh’s  second line has been unimpressive. 

Also, Tristan Jarry has been impressive this season. Why isn’t Jarry on the Team Canada list?

Washington: Hockey Now’s Sammi Silber interviewed Evgeny Kuznetsov about his comedy of errors, struggles, and comeback. Kuznetsov told Silber, “I’ve seen some shit in my life…”

Boston: Tuukka Rask is in the building, but youngster Jeremy Swayman made a bold statement with a shutout. Joe Haggerty says NOW is the time Swayman must claim the job. 

Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights crushed the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 on Friday. Vegas Hockey Now’s Owen Krepps writes that the Coyotes only have six NHL players, and they’re full of NHL trade chips. 

Calgary: Mathew Tkachuk torched the Ducks. Are the Flames are the best team in the West?.