DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings’ wish list when free agency opened this past offseason was a right-handed shooting defenseman to man the point on the power play.
On Monday, just hours before the NHL trade deadline, the Wings obtained one.
Detroit made a trade with the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
On Sunday, the Wings made a deal for Erik Cole. In return, the Dallas Stars got a pair of prospects – Mattias Janmark (center) and Mattias Backman (defenseman), who are both playing in Sweden – and a second-round pick.
Wings general manager Ken Holland said the team will not make another move prior to the deadline at 3 p.m.
To get Zidlicky, who’s a power-play specialist and will immediately upgrade the top-ranked power play unit in the league, Detroit gave up a conditional third round draft pick in 2016.
If the Wings make the Eastern Conference finals this season New Jersey will also get a fifth-round pick in 2015.
If they make it to the Stanley Cup finals, the third-round pick becomes a second rounder and Detroit will get a fifth-round pick in return in 2016.
Zidlicky, 38, is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
The Wings have made a pitch to sign Zidlicky, who has four goals, 19 assists and a minus-seven rating in 63 games this season, each of the last two seasons, but he chose each time to re-sign with New Jersey.
Zidlicky had to waive his no-trade clause to come to Detroit.
He’s played 11 seasons in the NHL and has totaled 82 goals and 308 assists. He’s also appeared in 38 playoff games with a goal and 15 assists.
The Wings did inquire about Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, but earlier this afternoon a source said that they’re not in on a deal to bring him to Detroit.
The main sticking point is his salary.
Phaneuf, who would be that impact defenseman the Wings would make a move to obtain, has six years remaining on a $49 million contract that he signed in the middle of last season.
Detroit wanted Toronto to pick up about $2 million annually on his deal to bring his salary-cap hit in at $5 million a season.
Phaneuf, 29, has three goals, 20 assists and has a minus-eight rating in 51 games this season with Toronto.
He’s a left-handed shot and would provide another physical element along the blue line.
Cole, 36, has a decent amount of playoff experience, scoring six goals and collecting eight assists in 46 games.
Cole, who has a 4.5 million cap hit, is a physical offensive forward and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
He had 18 goals and 15 assists in 57 games for Dallas this season.
For his career he has 262 goals and 264 assists in 881 games.