Holland: We don’t need a right-shot defenseman for the power play anymore


Ken Holland is right — there has been “a lot of talk about” the Red Wings “looking for a right-shot defenseman.”

For example, yesterday on PHT, when we listed three candidates — Mike Green, Jeff Petry, and Cody Franson — that could feasibly interest Holland.

Tyler Myers is another right-shot d-man that’s come up in Wings-related rumors.

But in a radio interview today on TSN 1040 (per Nichols on Hockey), Holland clarified that the Wings’ needs have changed since the summer when they were looking for a right shot to help the power play.

“As we speak today, I think we’re No. 1 in the league on the power play,” said Holland. “Mike Babcock puts out four forwards on each unit. Danny DeKeyser, a defenseman, on one unit. [Niklas] Kronwall on another unit.”

Which is to say, giving up assets to bring in a power-play expert like Green may not be something the Wings are dying to do.

That being said, if he can, Holland would still like to add a right-shot defenseman prior to the March 2 deadline.

It just has to be the “right right-shot defenseman.”

Whoever that may be.