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A quiet day on trade front for Red Wings

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

DALLAS -- As soon as Riley Sheahan got off the American Airlines Center ice after the Red Wings' morning skate, he had one question.

"Did anything happen while we were out there?"

It's the question a lot of players have on trade deadline day, whether their names have been mentioned or not.

"Everyone's paying attention to their phones and TV and stuff, just kind of interesting to see which guys are going where, which teams are picking up some players," Sheahan said. "It definitely kind of hits you more if a guy from your own team gets traded. It happened with (Jakub) Kindl and it's tough to see him leave but no one else so far so it's been good."

The Wings traded Kindl to the Florida Panthers this past Saturday for a 2017 sixth-round draft pick.

"Obviously everybody's a little nervous but it's a part of hockey," Tomas Tatar said. "But I always like to get the updates, who's going where. It's always fun to watch."

While the Wings skated, the only move made was the Arizona Coyotes trading Mikkel Boedker to the Colorado Avalanche for Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley and Kyle Wood.

As expected, it was a quiet day for the Wings on the trade front, which was not a disappointment for the team.

"I’d say I’m more than comfortable, I’m excited about the roster going forward," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Tatar and (Gustav) Nyquist are going to get going. I know that. They’re proven scorers in the league. I don’t know where else you find 29- and 27-goal scorers. We got guys here that I believe in a ton. It’s easy to want to add but lots of times those end up being mistakes. I’m very pleased with our group and now we got to excel at a high level."

Tatar said the Wings are a tight-knit bunch.

"I feel like since I've been here we didn't make lots of changes," Tatar said. "The team is really good, we have a great group of guys here, we like each other here."

Blashill sat in on the meeting that general manager Ken Holland had with the pro scouts on Sunday.

"It’s a little bit like July 1, where there’s some opportunities for teams to add but lots of times there’s also mistakes out there," Blashill said. "One thing that’s important is that chemistry is real important. You build chemistry through time and I think we got a good group with chemistry here."

Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars, the Wings' opponent tonight, were busy before the deadline, sending defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round pick to the Calgary Flames for defenseman Kris Russell.

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