Detroit Red Wings: Does Pursuit of Jay Bouwmeester Show Wings Are Desperate?

September 24th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
The Detroit Red Wings know they have to do something once (if) this infernal work stoppage comes to an end.

They know they can't go into the 2012-13 season with the current crop of defensemen.

The Red Wings have been an upper-echelon team in the NHL for nearly 20 years and if they want to remain at or near the top of the heap, they need greater talent and depth on defense.

General manager Ken Holland knew his team was going to have to do something to step up shortly after the Red Wings lost their first-round series to the Nashville Predators.

While that loss was somewhat surprising given the status of the two teams, it was nowhere near as painful as the announcement that followed shortly thereafter.

Future Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom decided to hang up his skates and retire. Possibly the second-best defenseman in NHL history after Bobby Orr, there is no replacing a Lidstrom.

However, Holland and head coach Mike Babcock both know the Red Wings need to make some upgrade over what is currently on the roster. The current defensemen on the Detroit roster include Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, ...

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