LW Milan Michalek
C/LW Cory Emmerton
LW/RW Andrej Nestrasil
Why does Ottawa do this?
Ottawa is entering a rebuild, so moving a player with a $4.33M price tag that hasn't performed up to the expectations placed on him from his involvement in the Heatley trade for two quality prospects is a move that fits the bill.
Emmerton is a centre that can step into the Senators' line-up this year and perform as a third line centre - responsible in his own end, good in the face-off dot and can play on the penalty kill. Willing to go to the rough areas of the ice to play the game and protects the puck well when it's in his possession. His offensive game hasn't developed as expected, but he still has untapped offensive potential and a change in scenery and system could make all the difference.
Nestrasil is a bit more of a long-term player, but given Ottawa's lack of much noteworthy on the wing, he fills a huge hole in their prospect pool - that of a top six forward. Good size, very strong, good along the boards and in traffic, controls the game when he has the puck and can pull off flashy moves. Sometimes is a little too unselfish and could stand to shoot more, and bring up his day-to-day intensity since he appears uninterested at times in both games and practices. He has the potential to be a significant piece of a top six in the future, especially one like Ottawa where he'll have the opportunity.
Ottawa Line-Up Post-Trade
Nikita Filatov - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Nick Foligno - Mika Zibanejad - Daniel Alfredsson
Peter Regin - Cory Emmerton - Erik Condra
Jesse Winchester - Zenon Konopka - Chris Neil
Francis Lessard, Colin Greening
Why does Detroit do this?
Detroit gets a left winger that will allow Zetterberg to move to centre on a more permanent basis and not hurt the depth on that side of the ice. Michalek has struggled in his time in Ottawa, mostly due to injury issues and being counted on to be one of the offensive leaders instead of a complementary player. In Detroit, Michalek would be a complementary player. His combination of size and speed would make him a great winger for Zetterberg, who's gotten slower due to issues with his back. His all-around game would be appreciated by Babcock. In addition, the length of his contract (signed through 2013-14) will help ease the transition as Holmstrom and Bertuzzi leave the team through retirement (which will be considered by both), and possibly Hudler if he doesn't perform.
It's a gamble on the part of the Red Wings to get Michalek to rebound back from his two years in Ottawa (where he has been essentially a 0.5 PPG player) to what he was looking like in San Jose, performing at a 55 point, 25 goal level while contributing in the defensive zone too. Given the players he would get to play with and the way he would be used in the system, personally, I feel like this would be a gamble worth taking.
Detroit Line-Up Post-Trade
Jiri Hudler - Pavel Datsyuk - Johan Franzen
Milan Michalek - Henrik Zetterberg - Daniel Cleary
Tomas Holmstrom - Valtteri Filppula - Todd Bertuzzi
Justin Abdelkader - Darren Helm - Patrick Eaves
Drew Miller, Jan Mursak