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From Good to Insanely Amazing in one Swoop

This isn’t a freak out post because the Wings lost horribly to the Islanders last night, I am after all a Red Wing fan and know that a few bad games here and there don’t call for the team being blown up. I do however think that a change needs to be made to the current roster.

The Wings are good. Really good, but they are still lacking that one piece that will bring greatness.

Click the jump to see what I’m talking about

Franzen – Datsyuk – Bertuzzi
Filppula – Zetterberg – Hudler
Cleary – Helm – Miller
Abdelkader – Emmerton – Holmstrom

Lidstrom – White

Kronwall – Stuart

Kindl – Ericsson

Jimmy Howard

Ty Conklin

Commodore, Eaves, Mursak, Conner, Nyquist, Smith, Tatar, Andersson, Sheahan, Jarnkrok, Pulkkinen, Jurco, Lashoff, Ferraro

This is the most common lineup we have seen this season, and a list of scratches, injured players, players that have seen NHL time this season and prospects that teams would want.

As Much as it pains me to say this because I love Bert, he doesn’t belong in the top-six. Yes giving Datsyuk two big bodied forwards to play with gives him more space to perform his magic, and Bertuzzi has been commendable, but we need our top two lines to be able to put up the number from right to left on a consistent basis.

Imagine if Datsyuk had another shooter on his line to go along with Franzen. The dangle-dangle-pass-score opportunities would double, and along with line 1B, which in my opinion is already perfect would give the Wings an unstoppable top-six that would make all other teams poo in their panties.

Who is this mystery winger that the Wings should target? Well, that’s the discussion that I would like to start here. 

Here are the options.

Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Rick Nash, Jarome Iginla, Alexander Semin, Ales Hemsky and Tuomo Ruutu

For me I would target either Ryan, or Nash if I was looking to get long term return. Parise would be an amazing addition, but you risk losing him at the end of the season, and Hemsky probably takes the least to acuire, but you would be banking on his potential to turn into a scoring threat on a skilled team.

Here’s what I would do if I could be Kenny for a day. (I’m probably low balling this) 

Trade Columbus Cory Emmerton, Jakub Kindl, Tomas Tatar and 2 first round picks for Rick Nash.

This gives the Jackets and Jeff Carter to build around, a young, decently sized, well trained puck moving defenseman in Kindl, a potential (or in Columbus’ case definite) top-six forward in Tatar. A glue guy with Emmerton and 2 first rounders.

Detroit’s lineup then becomes

Franzen – Datsyuk – Nash
Filppula – Zetterberg – Hudler
  Musak – Helm – Bertuzzi
  Cleary – Abdelkader – Holmstrom

Lidstrom – White

Kronwall – Stuart

Commodore – Ericsson

Jimmy Howard

Eaves, Miller or Nyquist can rotate into the bottom nine where needed, Commodore slides into the 6th d-man spot where he seems to make Ericsson a better player while adding grit and sandpaper to the lineup to go along with Bert, and Smith is brought up as the 7th defenseman.

Nash provides a young big-bodied sniper to the top line that can fill the void left by Bertuzzi in triplicate. He would also give us that superstar to build around through 2018 at a pretty reasonable cap hit (7.8M) for his caliber of a player.

A line with Franzen and Nash centered by Datsyuk says get the F out of our way and let us drink champagne from that cup bitches.

According to CapGeek the Red Wings could absorb a little over 12 million in salary if they made a trade today and almost 27 million if they wait until the deadline, so any of these players, even two of them could be attainable at the right price.

Do you think I am out of my mind? What’s your scenario? Be as realistic as you can.

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