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Detroit Red Wings Trade Chatter: Dustin Byfuglien a Potential Target

January 15th, 2014 at 4:41 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The NHL's Trade Deadline is 3:00 p.m. EDT on March 5, and teams will be looking at making moves to shore up their rosters.

Starting today, and continuing on a semi-regular basis, Red Wings 101 will take a look at some potential trade targets via TSN's TradeCentre

(DISCLAIMER: Just because a particular player or players might be good to have at a decent price, that does not mean that Ken Holland will make a move for said player(s) or at all, as we have seen in years past.)

Today we take a look at Dustin Byfuglien.

Position: Right Wing/Defense

Current Team: Winnipeg Jets

Cap Hit: $5.2 million

Contract Expires: 2016 (Has limited no trade clause)

Strengths: Big body (6-5, 265), rare player who can play defenseman or forward, net presence on power play or can play point, shoots right handed.

Weaknesses: Not much in the speed department, plus/minus rating is not good (-16).

Outlook: The Jets are looking at having a fire sale at the trade deadline, and among the players that get shipped out are those who were part of the old Atlanta Thrashers core. Byfuglien is one of those players, and while he may not be a good fit on the blue line for the Red Wings, he could easily fit at forward, which is where he had a lot of success with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Byfuglien can also be the net front presence on the power play that the Wings have not had since Tomas Holmstrom retired. He can also provide a physical presence, and as an added bonus, he shoots right handed.

What it Might Take to Get Him (players named are just examples): Two roster player (Kyle Quincey and Todd Bertuzzi), and a prospect (Ryan Sproul) or an early round draft pick.

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL

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