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Detroit Red Wings’ 2022-23 Trade Targets: Ottawa Senators

Artem Zub Ottawa Senators

After adding Alex DeBrincat, Claude Giroux, and Cam Talbot to their roster this offseason, the Ottawa Senators were expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2022-23. Instead, they have a disastrous 6-11-1 record and sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. As a result, it seems far more likely that they will again be sellers at the trade deadline. They certainly have some solid rental candidates, and Detroit Red Wings general manager (GM) Steve Yzerman would be wise to consider doing business with them. Here’s a look at three potential trade targets who stand out.

Artem Zub

If the Senators continue to struggle and are unable to sign Artem Zub to an extension, he will become their biggest rental asset. The 27-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) and will receive plenty of interest around the league if he becomes available. This is because he has emerged as an excellent shutdown defenseman over the last few seasons and is very reliable in the defensive zone. With that, his immense physicality makes him quite challenging to play against – in just eight games, he has an impressive 31 hits to go along with three points. If the Red Wings want to make a legitimate push for the playoffs, he is someone who should be on Yzerman’s radar.

Artem Zub, Ottawa Senators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

The potential fit for Zub in Detroit’s lineup would be on either their second or third pairing. If the Red Wings wanted a bit more defensive stability on the second pairing, it would make sense for him to take Filip Hronek’s spot. However, at the same time, he would work fantastically with Jake Walman, as his steady defensive play would allow the latter to take more chances offensively. With that, he would be guaranteed to receive time on the penalty kill.

To acquire Zub, the Red Wings would need to part ways with a second-round pick and a prospect like fellow defenseman Donovan Sebrango. In 13 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins this season, the Ottawa native has three goals and an assist.

Tyler Motte

If the Red Wings are still in the playoff hunt near the 2023 Trade Deadline and want to strengthen their bottom six, Tyler Motte would be a player worth considering. Although he was a late-offseason signing for the Senators, the 27-year-old has been solid thus far, with seven points in 18 games. Yes, he would not be a major splash, but he would provide them with a bit more experience to go along with some much-needed grit.

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