DETROIT—The Detroit Red Wings, after 25 straight playoff appearances, are in the unusual position of selling at the trade deadline. Detroit traded defenceman Brendan Smith to the New York Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for a second-round pick in 2018 and a third-round pick this year.
“I was in negotiations on an extension with his agent,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “But I told him if I got a deal I couldn’t pass up, we would have to go in another direction. And that’s what happened.”
Holland may also deal veteran forwards Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Drew Miller along with their expiring deals because the franchise will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since 1990.
The trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.
“With where we are in the standings, I’m looking at the people we can trade and I’m trying to get more picks,” Holland said. “The more picks you have, the better your odds are.”
The Smith trade gives the Red Wings 10 picks in the draft this year.
The Rangers bolstered their blue line with the trade, hoping to stay competitive in the Metropolitan with division-leading Washington, Pittsburgh and Columbus..
- Oduya to Chicago: The Blackhawks reacquired defenceman Johnny Oduya, who left in free agency for Dallas after being part of two Stanley Cup championships in Chicago.
The Stars received young forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft.
The 35-year-old Oduya has one goal and six assists in 37 games this season with the Stars.
- Canadiens deal Desharnais: Montreal acquired defenceman Brandon Davidson for Edmonton for forward David Desharnais.
The 25-year-old Davidson played 28 games this season the Oilers, recording one assist. The Lethbridge, Alta., native has five goals and 13 points in 91 career games.
Desharnais, 30, produced four goals and 10 points in 31 games this season with Montreal.
- Senators get Stalberg: Ottawa acquired forward Viktor Stalberg from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick this year.
Stalberg, an unrestricted free agent after the season, signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Carolina last July. He had nine goals and three assists in 57 games with the Hurricanes.
The Senators, in second place in the Atlantic Division, previously acquired Alexandre Burrows from Vancouver on Monday as part of their playoff push.
Carolina unloaded another pending free agent after trading defenceman Ron Hainsey to Pittsburgh last week. The Hurricanes, in last place in the Metropolitan Division, have 11 picks in the June draft, including seven in the first three rounds.
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