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Why Red Wings Won’t be Making These Deals

Necas, Marner, Laine all in NHL trade rumors

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Martin Necas, NHL, Carolina Hurricanes
Hurricanes forward Martin Necas has been linked to the Red Wings in NHL trade rumors.

There’s been public speculation of late connecting the Detroit Red Wings to some big names in the NHL trade market. On the surface, certainly there’s some merit to these suggestions.

Trade talk between NHL GMs happens all the time. It’s the consummation of this talk into actual deals that is the rarity.

With high-end talent like Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Martin Necas of the Carolina Hurricanes and Patrik Laine of the Columbus Blue Jackets all being talked about in NHL trade rumors. It would be irresponsible of Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman not to at least enquire about the cost required to acquire each player.

Certainly he’s done that. Does anyone actually think that Yzerman is the kind of GM who leaves stones unturned?

That being the case, what he’s heard is probably souring the Detroit GM on the thought of adding any of this trio to his lineup. The cost would be prohibitive and not a price he’s likely to be willing to pay.

Necas Cost Too High For Red Wings

Necas is the one player most commonly linked to Detroit. However, based on what the Hurricanes are seeking to get in return for the two-time 20-goal scorer, it’s going to be price too high for the Red Wings.

Carolina considers Necas to be a budding NHL star. In return, their demand is that they get a budding NHL star in return. Preferably, that budding star would be a goal scorer.

In Detroit, there’s one name who checks off that box, and it’s Lucas Raymond. He’s coming off a career-high 31-goal season. Yes, Raymond is a restricted free agent and is going to get paid this summer. Regardless, the Red Wings aren’t going to trade him.

Laine Wants Out

Laine has told the Columbus Blue Jackets his preference would be to get a fresh start elsewhere. The 6-foot-5 winger is an intriguing player who once scored 44 goals for the Winnipeg Jets.

However, Laine hasn’t scored 30 in a season in six years. He’s gone from 28 goals to 22 down to six over the past three seasons. He’s also currently in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program and we know that Yzerman didn’t exactly welcome Jakub Vrana back with open arms following his stint in that program.

Of the three players on this list, Laine would probably cost the lowest price. But considering Laine’s struggles, would it be a price worth paying?

Leafs Seeking To Extend Marner

According to the most recent reports, Leafs GM Brad Treliving is more interested in getting Marner’s name inked to a contract extension rather than sending him elsewhere. Marner is one season away from becoming a UFA. It would be difficult to get full value for him if the Leafs were to try and trade him once the season gets underway.

If Toronto were to opt to move him, Marner does have a full no-movement clause. He’s in control of where he goes. Is that list of destinations going to include Detroit?

Unlikely.