Wings would rather keep first round picks rather than obtain a rental player

DETROIT – Eight trades occurred Tuesday in the NHL, a few that involved some big names, but none of the deals involved the Detroit Red Wings.

“We made some competitive offers on a couple of players,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday night. “We will continue to explore until the deadline.”

The trade deadline is 3 p.m., Wednesday.

The Wings also weren’t able to get in the mix on some players.

The biggest name that moved Tuesday, who the Wings had interest in, was forward Jaromir Jagr, who was dealt from Dallas to Boston.

The Wings tried to sign Jagr two years ago, but lost out to Philadelphia.

The Stars’ asking price was too high for Jagr. The Bruins gave up two prospects and a conditional second-round pick to get him.

Jagr’s contract expires at the end of the season.

“I don’t know that there’s a lot (left) out there,” Holland said. “We’ll see what happens tonight and tomorrow. I think it’s been a pretty busy marketplace until now.”

The one thing the Wings seem unwilling to part with in a deal for any kind of rental player is a first-round pick.

“We traded a first-rounder last year,” Holland said. “We were going for it last year. You can’t do that every year.”
The Wings dealt a first-round pick at the trade deadline last year to Tampa Bay to re-acquire defenseman Kyle Quincey.

“We were concerned about losing (Nicklas) Lidstrom and (Brad) Stuart,” Holland said. “You can’t trade your first-round pick every year. You have to pick and choose when you go for it.”

The Wings wound up falling to Nashville in the first round of the playoffs last season and then lost Lidstrom (retirement) and Stuart (trade) in the offseason.

Also on Tuesday, San Jose sent forward Ryan Clowe to the New York Rangers for a second and third round pick in 2013 and a conditional second rounder in 2014.

The Stars also sent forward Derek Roy to Vancouver for a prospect and a second-round pick.

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