Detroit As the Red Wings stew over a relatively lost weekend against the Blue Jackets and prepare for a trip through Western Canada, let's delve into happenings around the NHL."

News: The trade deadline is April 3. Will the Red Wings, and the rest of the league, make it memorable and exciting?

Views: The NHL trade deadline used to be like Christmas for fans, but it simply isn't anymore.

Parity, the salary cap and long-term contracts have stifled any excitement. Free agency in July is much more active and interesting.

Plus, too many teams are still in contention. So, why would any team concede with about 12 games remaining?

And for the few teams thinking about trading assets — Florida, Edmonton and Buffalo — there aren't a ton of players teams really want.

The Red Wings would love to add a top-six forward or a top-four defenseman, but so would every other team.

News: The Red Wings finished the first half of this shortened season in a playoff spot. Can they stay there?

Views: Getting forward Valtteri Filppula (shoulder) back this week will help. And it sounds as if forward Darren Helm (back) could return by the end of the month.

And forward Gustav Nyquist, who leads the American Hockey League in scoring (60 points), is ready.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130312/OPINION03/303120322#ixzz2NKeybqAP