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The Red Wings have let teams know they’re ready to sell

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Sitting 13 points back of the final playoff spot in the Atlantic and 11 points back of the second Wild Card sport in the East, the Red Wings are ready to throw up the white flag on the 2017-18 season.

According to The Athletic’s Craig Custance, the Red Wings have informed teams around the NHL they’re ready to sell ahead of the February 26th trade deadline.

There’s been a bit of a philosophical shift in Detroit. The Red Wings and GM Ken Holland had been consistent previously that the No. 1 goal this season was to make the playoffs. And when you talk to the players and coaches, there’s no doubt that’s still the focus as they get ready to take on Chicago on Thursday night.

But according to an NHL source, the Red Wings have let it be known to potential trade deadline buyers that they’re now ready to sell, and the available players go beyond potential unrestricted free agent Mike Green.

As Custance mentions, Mike Green would likely be the first to be moved however there could be other players finding themselves on new teams if the return is right. Either way Ken Holland needs to figure out what he wants to do when it comes to his goaltending situation since it’s obviously not very practical to have a pair of goalies making over $9.25 million combined with Mrazek probably set to earn more next season. Especially when you have a team that’s not ready to compete.

Gustav Nyquist will also more than likely be another guy mentioned in trade talks and we could see the same with Trevor Daley but beyond that the contracts the Red Wings currently employ can’t look enticing to potential buyers. Unless teams are lining up for the opportunity to pay an oft injured Darren Helm $3.85 million through the 2020-21 season or take on the corpse of Niklas Kronwall for one more year.

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