The Detroit Red Wings are unlikely to make any move for former Detroit Red Wing Petr Meczny, the Detroit Free Press has learned.
Sources have told the Free Press that the Red Wings aren’t interested in acquiring Meczy because of a perceived lack of competitiveness, which would be in line with the organization’s approach to the trade market.
The Red Wings acquired Meczyk last summer after he posted a career-best .926 save percentage and five shutouts in 23 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The 27-year-old defenseman, who was acquired by the Red Wing from Tampa Bay in the Kevin Shattenkirk trade last March, is currently the Red’s captain and one of the league’s top defensemen.
Meczy was signed to a two-year contract worth $4.2 million in June but was not expected to be a key piece to the Red wing’s playoff push.
Detroit is one of just four teams that is projected to be in the playoff picture this season, along with the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay.
The Wings’ inability to move Meczie would leave them short-handed in net, which could force the organization to use their top-six defenseman in order to help them win a playoff series.
Meczi is expected to return to the lineup on Oct. 6 against the Colorado Avalanche, but Detroit has yet to announce if it plans to play Meczer in a playoff game.