A new era of questions on the defense began on April 20. This was the date when the Detroit Red Wings got bounced early from the playoffs in Nashville.
It was also the date that Red Wings legend,seven-time Norris Trophy winner and future Hockey Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom had a humbled look on his face as he played in his last NHL game of his illustrious career.
During that time and July 1, fans from all walks of life were insisting on two options to replace someone who is irreplaceable: Build from within or throw money at the problem.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland did all he could to barter with free agent D Ryan Suter to come don the Winged Wheel. He had faced the Red Wings many times during his seven seasons in Nashville. In the end, however, Suter chose to join fellow American Zach Parise in Minnesota and play the rest of his career in the Twin Cities.
Many Red Wings fans were baffled, stunned and enraged over Suter's decision. But it was clear that Holland's onus was to build the Red Wings new defensive corps from within. It was evident in the signing of Kyle Quincey in the offseason and letting Niklas Kronwall ...
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