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Trade Target: Forwards

The trade deadline is closing in fast, and the Wings have money to burn for what presumably will be Lidstrom’s last run at the cup (it won’t be). We all know that Kenny hasn’t had this type of money to spend at the deadline in the cap era, and it’s probably burning a hole in his pocket as we speak.

That’s not to say that Holland will spend just for the fun of it. “In Kenny we trust” has always been the motto for Detroit fans and we know that whatever move, or moves he makes on or before the deadline will be well thought out.

Click the jump to see some options

I’d like to think that the conversation in the picture above is Holland asking Lidstrom what he wants him to do at the deadline. I’d also like to think that Lidstrom’s response is to do whatever it takes without giving away our future (and that he will be back to defend the cup.)

All stats and scouting reports provided by Hockey Forecaster These are in no particular order.

Tuomo Ruutu – Carolina Hurricanes
Age: 28
Cap Hit: $3.8M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 7

GP G A P PIM PPG
50 15 11 26 38 2


ASSETS:
He competes hard and is not afraid of the rough going. In fact, he enjoys stirring up opponents. Plays with both skill and confidence. Can both set up plays or finish them. Skates well and can line up at any forward position.

FLAWS: Injuries are always a concern. Will sometimes cross the line with questionable hits. Lacks overall consistency.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Scoring forward with agitating qualities and versatility.

Ales Hemsky – Edmonton Oilers
Age: 28
Cap Hit: $4.1M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 8

GP G A P PIM PPG
34 4 13 17 8 1


ASSETS:
Has excellent instincts and offensive creativity. Owns an effortless skating stride and incredible puck skills. Possesses outstanding playmaking ability.

FLAWS: Gets hurt way too often. Doesn’t shoot the puck enough, even when in prime scoring position. Isn’t physically strong enough to dominate in the corners.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Dangling, playmaking winger with injury issues.

Teemu Selanne – Anaheim Ducks
Age: 41
Cap Hit: $4.0M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 196
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 18

GP G A P PIM PPG
46 15 29 44 40 7


ASSETS:
Has one of the best combinations of quickness and hands in the NHL. Is an exceptionally smooth skater. Is also underrated in terms of leadership. Still lethal on the man advantage unit, he can pick a corner or blow by a defenseman. The ‘Finnish Flash’.

FLAWS: Has lost some of his playmaking skills over time. Can struggle to produce good numbers when playing in a defensive-minded system.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Veteran goal-scorer and future Hall-of-Famer.

Zach Parise – New Jersey Devils
Age: 27
Cap Hit: $6.0M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 6

GP G A P PIM PPG
47 15 24 39 24 2 (3 SH)


ASSETS:
Never stops hustling and possesses the drive, heart and skills of a winner. Has speed to burn defenders one-on-one and owns a true goal-scorer’s shot that he loves to unleash at a moment’s notice. Is a supremely intelligent player. Scores goals in the clutch.

FLAWS: Not big, he needs to continue to withstand the constant pounding that comes with being a scoring star at the highest level. Could use a tad more work on his playmaking skills. Knee problems are a concern moving forward.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Elite scorer with a great work ethic.

Bobby Ryan – Anaheim Ducks
Age: 24
Cap Hit: $5.1M
Years Left: 3
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 209
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 4

GP G A P PIM PPG
46 17 12 29 35 0 (1 SH)


ASSETS:
Owns great size and strength, outstanding scoring prowess and a wealth of poise and determination with the puck. Is capable of setting up linemates or light the lamp himself. Has great one-on-one moves, can pass, shoot and hit.

FLAWS: Needs more work on his play without the puck. Still takes a few shifts off, which he must eliminate in order to become one of the best players in the NHL.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Elite offensive winger.

PA Parenteau – New York Islanders
Age: 28
Cap Hit: $1.25M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 193
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 3

GP G A P PIM PPG
47 9 33 42 41 4


ASSETS:
Has excellent offensive instincts, which he exploits brilliantly on the power play thanks to deft puck control and passing ability. Can line up both at wing and center if need be. Is a proven scorer in the minor-pro ranks.

FLAWS: Is somewhat undersized and needs to keep adding more muscle, because he can be knocked off the puck. Not an especially great straightline skater, he must also continue to work on his play without the puck.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Skilled forward.

Drew Stafford – Buffalo Sabres
Age: 26
Cap Hit: $4M
Years Left: 3
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 214
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 5

GP G A P PIM PPG
47 8 15 23 36 2


ASSETS:
Owns an impressive size/skill package. Can score goals and also play a physical game from the wing position. Is at his best when he drives through heavy scoring areas and uses his size, puck skills and sneaky-fast shot.

FLAWS: Must prove he can play a consistent brand of hockey in all three zones. Takes shifts off from time to time.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Inconsistent scoring winger with size.

James van Riemsdyk – Philadelphia Flyers
Age: 22
Cap Hit: $1.65M
Years Left: 4 at $4.25M
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 2

GP G A P PIM PPG
37 11 11 22 22 2


ASSETS:
Boasts an outstanding combination of size, speed and skill. A surprisingly good passer, he owns plenty of scoring prowess thanks to a good accurate shot and his willingness to drive to the net to score goals. Has a great reach.

FLAWS: Is still a little raw in his defensive game. Could stand to use his size more to his advantage, and even become a little nastier. Needs to keep the intensity level on high at all times.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Talented scoring winger with upside.



Jeff Carter – Columbus Blue Jackets
Age: 27
Cap Hit: $5.3M
Years Left: 10
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 199
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 6

GP G A P PIM PPG
30 10 7 17 12 5


ASSETS:
Has excellent offensive acumen and great size for the center position. Displays great skating ability and a hard, accurate shot. Also kills penalties with aplomb.

FLAWS: Can at times go into prolonged scoring funks. Doesn’t always dominate physically, despite great size and strength. His setup skills aren’t on par with his goal-scoring ability

CAREER POTENTIAL: Excellent scoring forward with versatility.

Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets
Age: 27
Cap Hit: $7.8M
Years Left: 6
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 219
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 8

GP G A P PIM PPG
49 17 16 33 28 3


ASSETS:
Has outstanding goal-scoring instincts and a huge frame, which he uses to keep puck control. Also skates amazingly well for his size. Can dominate a game with his athletic ability.

FLAWS: Can go into scoring droughts, quite often when he tries to do too much on his own–instead of trusting his teammates. Is still a little lacking in his play without the puck.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Elite scoring winger.

Antoine Vermette – Columbus Blue Jackets
Age: 29
Cap Hit: $3.75M
Years Left: 3
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 198
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 7

GP G A P PIM PPG
48 6 14 20 12 0 (1 SH)


ASSETS:
Has excellent two-way instincts, excellent wheels and tenacity. Is dedicated to playing at both ends of the ice and displays loads of perseverance. Effective on face-offs, he can play any role on a team.

FLAWS: The jury is still out on his ability to make an offensive impact at the National Hockey League level. Is woefully inconsistent in the attacking zone. Misses a lot of good scoring chances.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Inconsistent, yet speedy two-way forward.



Vaclav Prospal – Columbus Blue Jackets
Age: 36
Cap Hit: $2.5M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 191
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 14

GP G A P PIM PPG
48 9 21 30 16 2


ASSETS:
Sees the ice well and gets the puck to an open man effectively. Usually plays with intensity and doesn’t back down from challenges. Can play both wing and center.

FLAWS: Lacks consistency in all facets of the game. At times, his instigating qualities can be detrimental to his team. He’s also a below-average skater.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Veteran playmaking forward

So… What do you think? Should Kenny go for broke?

Let’s keep the conversation to forwards in this post. I will be doing another list with defenseman, and possibly goalies in the next few days

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