NHL Rumors: 3 Detroit Red Wings Who Are Likely Getting Traded

The Detroit Red Wings find themselves battling for a playoff spot with a 15-13-3 record on the season. General manager Steve Yzerman is going to have some serious decisions to make and it sounds like while the team could be looking to add at the deadline, there's several Wings who could be shipped out for some assets.

3 Red Wings Likely to be Moved

Thomas Greiss: The veteran netminder hasn't been great this season, sitting with a 3.52 GAA and a .893 save %. The 6'2 German is a pending free-agent, making $3.6 million on the cap. It's not likely he re-signs in Detroit so if the right deal comes along perhaps Yzerman pulls the trigger. The Red Wings however don't have a ton of goalie depth in their organization and especially veterans, so if Griess does get moved, the team could look to bring in another goaltender to push starter Alex Nedeljkovic

Vladislav Namestnikov: The shifty forward is also a pending free-agent, making $2 million in the final season of his contract. He signed a two-year deal in Motown and has recorded 33 points in 84 games. Not the worst for output for the money spent but he's a piece that could fetch a draft pick and prospect on the open market. It's likely the Wings move on and two teams to watch are the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.

Nick Leddy: The mobile defenseman is on everyone's trade bait list and for good reason. He's played in 121 Stanley Cup Playoff games and while he only has eight assists in 31 games this season he's shown as recent as last season he's capable of running a powerplay and making an impact offensively. At $5.5 million he won't be easy for every team to add on their books, but the Wings have a ton of cap space themselves and can retain some of the remaining salary and could likely use this as a negotiating tool to get whichever team to sweeten the pot. 

The Red Wings are an interesting team to watch as management wants to get back to the playoffs, they want to make a splash on the trade market and they have some of their own assets who could be flipped. Motown is going to be fun to watch in early 2022.

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