Speculation: Is Kevin Shattenkirk a fit for Detroit?

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Could Kevin Shattenkirk be a good fit for the Red Wings? 

TSN Insider, Darren Dreger, appeared on WGR 550 in Buffalo, this morning, and spoke about the possibility of Detroit being a fit for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

Dreger pondered:

“We started talking about Kevin Shattenkirk. I think Detroit is as likely a possibility for that trade and (extension) as any team out there and I believe that Shattenkirk would love to play in Detroit.”

With Detroit’s 25-year playoff streak in jeopardy, it’s possible that Ken Holland would want to make a splash to prove to the fanbase that they won’t say goodbye to the legendary Joe Louis Arena without a fight. Acquiring a legitimate top-4 defenseman such as Shattenkirk would certainly count as a jab or two in that fight. 

Dreger continued:

“There’s something special about the Joe. They’re closing the doors and heading to a luxury facility for next season… They’re looking at this second half of the season, and staring at all of the names on the wall, and feeling the greatness that has played (at the Joe) and has called it home over the years. That’s motivating. One thing I know for certain, this team is not going down without a fight, nor is Kenny Holland going to let them go down without a fight.”

Shattenkirk would certainly help the Red Wings with their ability to move the puck up the ice, but one might wonder if this player is too similar to current Red Wing, Mike Green. Regardless of what happens, it will be interesting to see how Holland approaches the final trade deadline with the Wings housed at Joe Louis Arena. Would he be willing to sacrifice future assets to keep the streak alive?

SHATTENKIRK’S NHL CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 46 7 19 26 20 -11
2010-11 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 2 15 17 16 7
2011-12 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 9 34 43 60 20 9 1 1 2 6
2012-13 TPS Turku SM-liiga 12 2 4 6 22 8
2012-13 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 5 18 23 20 2 6 0 2 2 6
2013-14 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 10 35 45 38 1 6 1 4 5 2
2014-15 St. Louis Blues NHL 56 8 36 44 52 19 6 0 8 8 2
2015-16 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 14 30 44 51 -14 20 2 9 11 19
2016-17 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 9 21 30 33 -14
NHL Totals 456 64 208 272 290 47 4 24 28 35