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Red Wings Wrap: Could Carter Rowney Be NHL Trade Bait?



Carter Rowney, Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings forward Carter Rowney is a Stanley Cup winner who could be an economical pick up for a Cup contending club this season.

When the Detroit Red Wings signed Carter Rowney in the offseason, they expecetd the veteran forward to deliver what he’s been bringing to the ice the past two games. Rowney has scored in both games while working at center on the fourth line and filling a checking role.

“I think he’s done a good job,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s been on the net for sure. He is a guy that knows how to get to the net. He’s a good defensive player. He’s smart. He knows how to play from the D side of the puck, he knows how to manage his minutes in his own end.

“He makes us a better defensive team overall.”

Red Wings Rowney A Stanley Cup Winner

Could he do the same for another NHL club? Why not?

Rowney might not be the first player who comes to mind when discussing Red Wings likely to be moving on prior to the March 21 NHL trade deadline. Still, he possesses qualities that could make Carter Rowney desirable to a contender. He has, after all, won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. The price to acquire him would be a mid-to-late round draft pick and at a cap hit of $825,000, he’s entirely afforadble.

“He can play kind of a grind style and get to the net,” Blashill said of Rowney. “The type of goals you need to score against real good teams. You’re not going to get lots of easy looks.

“It’s been a positive to have him back for sure.”

Wallinder A European Champion

A 2-1 victory over Finland’s Tappara Tampere on Thursday gave Rogle Angelholm the European Champions League title.

Red Wings draftee William Wallinder played 18:04 on the Rogle defense and was minus-one with a blocked shot.

Around The NHL

Washington: The Washington Capitals stayed ahead of the Red Wings in the battle for eighth in the East via a 4-0 shtuout of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Pittsburgh: The Tampa Bay Lightning are the next opponent for the Red Wings and they were whipped 5-1 on Thursday by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Boston: As they head into the stretch run, are the Boston Bruins finally getting the best value out of veteran forward Nick Foligno.

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Florida: The Red Wings are playing the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Thursday, the Panthers blanked the Ottawa Senators 3-0.

Colorado: Those Claude Giroux to Colorado rumors are heating up again. The Colorado Avalanche have assistant GM Chris MacFarland scoruing the Philadelphia Flyers.