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Red Wings have depth to explore trades: report

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The Detroit Red Wings are in a good position to explore trades because of the depth within the organization, general manager Ken Holland said in a story published by MLive.com on Monday.

In addition to young talent, the Red Wings have five picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

"We're probably in a better position to explore trades than we were at any point in time because of the depth of our organization," Holland said. "But I don't want anyone to think, 'They're making trades,' because the trades have got to make sense."

The Red Wings will hold their pro scouting meetings starting Tuesday and making a trade to fill some of their holes, among them a right-shot top-four defenseman and a second-line center, is possible.

Among the trade chips that could be used by Holland is forward Anthony Mantha, the Red Wings' first-round pick (No. 20) at the 2013 NHL Draft. Mantha had 15 goals and 33 points in 62 regular-season games with Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League and two goals and four points in 16 AHL playoff games. He missed time at the beginning of the season because of a broken leg sustained during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September.

In 2013-14, his final season of junior hockey, Mantha was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year after he had 57 goals and 120 points in 57 games with the Val-d'Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"In order to explore what's out there we got to be able to consider parting with some people," Holland said. "I'm not going to tell you where Mantha fits in with that until we explore the trade market."

Holland said new coach Jeff Blashill will have a say in any decisions that are made this offseason.

"My management philosophy is we're all in it together," Holland said. "And at the end of the day, the head coach has to have a voice as we head into the offseason as we make decisions."

Hired as coach June 9 to replace Mike Babcock, Blashill is familiar with almost the entire Red Wings roster, either as coach with Grand Rapids or as an assistant coach on Babcock's staff in 2011-12.

"[Blashill] is going to have a perspective about the young players down there," Holland said. "[Xavier] Ouellet, [Nick] Jensen; he coached Dylan Larkin for two weeks; Teemu Pulkkinen. He's going to have a perspective on being with those guys on an everyday basis as we plan.

"We're trying to go younger. We're trying to get better. And sometimes when you're dealing with younger people you got to have patience and you believe the patience is going to reward you somewhere down the line."

Blashill won the Calder Cup in 2013, his first AHL season, was 2014 AHL coach of the year, and reached the conference finals this season. He knows how the players will react in tough situations.

"If your best [players] aren't competitive workers that lead the way, I don't think you have a chance to win at the highest level," Blashill said. "I've seen it first-hand that our best players come to work every single day. I know guys that have been traded here are like, 'Wow, I can't believe how hard [Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk] work every day.' That's what I'm most excited about."

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