Now that the NHL's glorified shootout with human pylons -- A.K.A. the All-Star Game -- has concluded, the Red Wings officially kicked off the second half of their season with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night in Calgary.
Detroit is at the top of the league standings, and with the trade deadline less than a month away (Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. EST), speculation is that once again the Red Wings will be aggressive in pursuing talent to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
With so many teams still in the playoff hunt, what the Wings ultimately do depends on the desperation level of the teams that they're dealing with and against. It's unlikely that they will pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal at the deadline.
For the last several years, Detroit GM Ken Holland has shifted his club's emphasis to the free-ageny market during the offseason to acquire major talent. Gone are the days when the Wings would make a mega deal an hour on deadline day.
There are many factors as to why this has occurred, but t...