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Detroit Red Wings bolster their center position

3/5/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

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When the going gets tough, you can either get tougher or play it smart. Either way a rational decision has to be made fast. That was exactly the position that the Detroit Red Wings were as the NHL trade deadline loomed to an end on Wednesday noon.
 
They had to make the decision to keep Pavel Datsyuk of the ice for a minimum of three weeks if things go well. That was owing to a knee injury and then they had to shut down Darren Helm as well since he was having repeat headaches.  With their key players injured for 3 weeks minimum, they searched to add players that would cover those positions and added David Legwand from Nashville Predators.
 
Apart from that, they have more injured players that are essential to the team. Henrik Zetterberg is out as he is recuperating from a back injury and Stephen Weiss is suffering from sports hernia.
 
Wings general manager Ken Holland said that most of their players were out due to which they had to make the decision to add players that would cover those positions for the time being when they came back.
 
“When you look at our center ice with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Helm and with Weiss the uncertainty of where we’re at,” he said, “other than Z and I guess there is some certainty with Pav that he’s going to be shut down for three weeks, we felt it was important to get a bonafide center ice man.”
 
Holland added that they had not made the trading decisions because they were out of options but had opted to do so because they had talented players to choose from.
 
“I don’t know that a whole lot of people knew much about Pav,” Holland said. “Pav was frustrated and all we were going to do is have an athlete that was, in our opinion, going to get emotionally burned out. When you can’t do something that you know you can do at a certain level, it just grinds on you and grinds on you and grinds on you.”
 
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