DETROIT >> For Wings general manager Ken Holland, his approach to this year’s NHL trade deadline is set in stone.
“If there’s a player that can upgrade us, whether it’s up front or on defense we’ll do something, but obviously we have a lot of people playing at a high level,” Holland said during a phone interview Sunday.
The deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.
“There’s a small list of players we have some interest in that we think would be a good fit for our team, but I understand there’s other teams in the buyers category and sometimes the price is too high,” Holland said. “But sometimes the price is the same, but the other team’s pick might be higher or they like the other team’s prospect over ours.”
The player they would bring in has to provide an important element and dimension to the roster. A top four defenseman that shoots right handed or a winger that can provide offense could fit that bill.
It appears the asking price for any of the players Detroit, which has close to $9 million in cap space, has on its list is a prospect and second-round pick in return.
“I would love to make a deal to make us a little bit better, to upgrade us a little bit, but I also feel with the way, not only with the way our players are playing here in Detroit, but the development of our young players in Grand Rapids I feel good about the depth,” Holland said. “I understand they’re young players and when we get into the Stanley Cup playoffs that you’re not sure how they’re going to react, but as you look at other teams out there, the league is younger. Because of the cap there are lots of good young players. We might have a lot of young players on our team, but do the other teams.”
Besieged by injuries last season, mainly at center, the Wings made a last minute deal for David Legwand. They gave up Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and what turned into a second-round draft pick after they reached the playoffs for a 23rd straight season.
“Would we like to make an addition? Yes,” Holland said. “Do I feel we have to make an addition? No. But we’re going to explore the market place and if we can do something, we’d always like to do something.”
Heading into play Sunday, the Wings were a point behind Tampa Bay for second in the Atlantic Division with three games.
They have the best power play in the league and ninth best penalty kill.
“We think we’ve got a pretty good team,” Holland said. “We’ve played all of the best teams in the East and West and we seem to hang in there on a night to night basis, whether we win or we lose the games are really close.
“If we can make a move, I would love to, but if we have some conversations and some of the teams choose to go in a different direction and we don’t make a move I’m comfortable when three o’clock rolls around and we don’t make a move,” Holland continued. “Would I like to make a move? Yes, if it’s for a player we think, at a price that we can live with.”