Rumor: Red Wings defenseman appears to be headed to the trading block.

Red Wings may already be eyeing a trade.

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The Detroit Red Wings may already have some trade plans in mind headed into the 2018 - 2019 National Hockey League regular season. An interesting column from Detroit Red Wings insider Ansar Khan of has suggested that the Red Wings may seriously consider trading veteran defenseman Trevor Daley during the regular season due to both their current situation and a quirk in his contract. 

The first criteria for the Red Wings to consider the move would have to be another poor start to the season for the Red Wings. Daley was obviously brought in as an experienced veteran on the blue line to help the Red Wings compete for one of those spots but if it looks like they will miss the playoffs yet again this season it could be time to hit eject on Daley. 

Interestingly enough it seems like general manager Ken Holland had some very good foresight when he signed Daley to what still looks like a very reasonable cap hit of just $3.1 million per season. Daley currently has full trade protection on his contract but that trade protection will fall of this season, and it just so happens that it will fall off exactly 10 days before the National Hockey League's trade deadline. Daley would still have some measure of trade protection as he would then have to submit a 15 team no trade list, but that would leave 16 potential trade partners for Detroit. 

'Additionally Daley has the potential to be a very valuable trading chip for the Red Wings as not only does he have a very manageable cap hit, but he also would not be your typical rental player either. Daley still has one more season remaining on his current contract after this year and that could help the Red Wings get additional value in a return for the veteran blue liner.

In spite of the fact that he is already 34 years old and no doubt on the down side of his NHL career Daley was still a big contributor to the Red Wings last season. He appeared in 77 of a possible 82 games and recorded 9 goals and 7 assists for a total of 16 points over that stretch.