The Detroit Red Wings Offseason so Far

Gustav Nyquist would have to grow leaps and bounds over 2011-12 to be able to replace the production the Red Wings are losing.

Players the Red Wings were rumored to be interested in that they could have signed or traded for that would have seriously helped this flawed team:

  • Ryan Suer
  • Zach Parise
  • Matt Carle
  • Denis Wideman
  • Alexander Semin
  • Shane Doan
  • Rick Nash
  • Shea Weber

Of that list of players, who the Red Wings have obtained:

  • n/a

A list of players that were on the team last year that could help this year but are no longer in the organization:

  • Nicklas Lidstrom
  • Jiri Hudler
  • Brad Stuart

Here is a list of the players the Red Wings have added for next year:

  • Mikael Samuelsson
  • Jordin Tootoo

Here is the list of players they brought in that will be helpful:

  • n/a

Now, I’m not trying to say that the Red Wings won’t be able to compete next year.  When you still have Pavel Dasyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Valteri Filpula, Nicklas Kronwall and Jimmy Howard, you will be ok.

But I do not think this team, as the roster stands now, are in any way a cup contender.  Gustov Nyquist if a great young talent that can contribute this year, same with Brendan Smith.  Darren Helm, if healthy, Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves form a great third line, maybe the best in the conference.

However, that is not enough to win a cup.  Expect this team to be a middle of the road, to lower half team in the Western Conference this coming season unless Ken Holland decides to make a move and give up some of those potential young players they need to contribute for an established NHL defenseman and another scorer up front.

Until that happens though, the Red Wings will not be putting fear into anyone’s eyes this year and they will not make it out of the second round of the playoffs at best.  To contend for a cup, the team needs to give Pav, Hank, Mule and Val some help up front and Kronwall and Howard REALLY need some help on the back end.

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