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A very solid lineup, no doubt about that. The Red Wings were in the top five in scoring for the better part of the season. But the grind of the season and speed and youth of the new NHL is not something this roster is built to endure.
No one can deny their love for Tomas Holmstrom, but it is indeed time for him to go. Homer has performed admirably for 15 seasons in Detroit, be he is no longer in the shape to contribute for this Red Wings team. For a team that needs to get younger and faster, Holmstrom is the opposite of what the Red Wings need right now.
I also love Dan Cleary, but he is hurt more often than not. On a team that lacked forward depth, Cleary was not a reliable contributor.
Jiri Hudler had a much better season after his dreadful return from Russia. He was one of the top scorers on the Wings. But on a team that needs more grit and players that are willing to do dirty work, Jiri Hudler does not fit. And besides, on a line with superstars such as Filppula and Zetterberg, who wouldn't have a career year?
Now to our top goal scorer Johan Franzen. I am in no way saying Johan Franzen needs to go, but I wouldn't be opposed to it if the deal was good. His contract would make that difficult, but I think it would be wise to shop him around.
I'm not suggesting a roster blow-up is necessary, but "Mr. Postseason" hardly lived up to his reputation. He is having lackluster seasons, despite playing with arguably the best hockey player on this planet. He had only one point in the five-game series, his only goal coming off from a lucky bounce off his shin.
Defenseman Kyle Quincey creates an interesting situation. He was the defender acquired before the trade deadline. To many he was a failed experiment- he was a turnover machine at times, seemed shaky and unreliable with the puck. But he is young, talented, and with time could be a very good defender for Detroit. Re-signing him is up in the air. If it does occur, it better be at a low price. But someone like him might want more money, and with Ryan Suter available, I hope Holland doesn't pay too much for him
Not only is it in my opinion that the Red Wings could be better without these players, but the cap room they will create can bring in some superstars to Detroit.