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Red Wings Trade Rumors 2012: Detroit Likely To Stand Pat As Trade Deadline Approaches

The Detroit Red Wings are the best team in the NHL right now, so it's not too hard to predict that they won't be making all that many moves as the trade deadline approaches.

TSN's Darren Dreger back last Wednesday wrote a piece espousing how the majority of the teams in the NHL were currently more fitting of the term 'buyer' than 'seller'. One team that is probably best considered 'not doing anything' is the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings are currently the best team in the NHL with 80 points and just polished off the Dallas Stars to claim the record for most home wins in a row in NHL history. Their starting goalkeeper Jimmy Howard is out but their GK depth behind him has proven adequate so it's doubtful that they'll even need to buy a new backup to replace Joey MacDonald or Ty Conklin. At every other position they're plenty talented and plenty deep and past a slightly worrying tip in their road form there's no reason to believe that the Wings have any need to pick up any extra players unless a wonderful deal comes their way.

The trade deadline is February 27th, and if the Red Wings do make a move before that point it's probably not going to be anything that breaks the bank and makes the marquees in Times Square.

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