COMMENTARY | The trade deadline has passed, and the Detroit Red Wings could not get any deals done.
The Red Wings were interested in Jay Bouwmeester, who was traded to St. Louis, and Jaromir Jagr, who was traded to Boston.
My first gut reaction was "How could they not get a deal done? This current team has no shot of making a Stanley Cup run." However, after thinking about it for the next 24 hours, I've realized there was nobody available that was capable of putting the Red Wings over the top.
The Red Wings are not one player away from a Stanley Cup. They have a good core group of players and great talent in the AHL and junior leagues, but Jason Pominville, Wade Redden, Jussi Jokinen or any of the other players who were dealt on Wednesday, April 3 were not going to turn the Red Wings into contenders overnight.
The Red Wings had no interest in Marian Gaborik, who was dealt to Columbus from the New York Rangers and would have had a $7.5 million cap hit on the Red Wings' salary cap next year.
Not only were there no impact players available, but the Red Wings would have no doubt had to give up a first-round pick to get anything done.
Being successful during the past 21 years means the Red Wings don't get many high draft picks. It's wise for general manager Ken Holland to keep his first-round pick and attempt to build a team through the draft rather than getting a rental player who may not even be on the team after this season.
Last year, the Red Wings gave up their first-round pick to get Kyle Quincey. While Quincey has shown signs that he can be a solid defenseman, he definitely is not worth a first-round pick. There's no doubt in my mind Holland was thinking about that move last year and being a little more conservative with his approach this year.
One of the other trade deadline issues for the Red Wings was why they didn't attempt to get draft picks for players like Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary or anybody else who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Filppula, especially, was brought up as he hasn't turned into the player the Red Wings were hoping he would be. This season, he has just 13 points in 29 games after having a breakout season last year (66 points in 81 games).
Getting draft picks for Filppula would have been ideal, but there's the possibility no one wanted to give anything up to get Filppula. He has been with the Red Wings for seven years, and if he hasn't turned into a point-producing forward by now, he never will.
Granted, I still think Filppula has some upside, but it often comes in stretches and is a bit too streaky.
So yes, the Red Wings probably will squeak into the playoffs and see another first-round exit. But thinking just one of the players traded at the deadline would have put the Red Wings over the top is unrealistic.
I think the Red Wings' playoff chances improve if they can get Todd Bertuzzi and Darren Helm healthy. However, it's a double-edged sword as both players are injury prone, and Bertuzzi isn't getting any younger.
This team's chances of making a deep playoff run are slim to none, but if they can draft well and take advantage of the talent in their farm systems, it could be an exciting future for the Red Wings.
Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Red Wings for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can follow Tom on Twitter @tom_mitsos.
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