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Well, it may not have been a legitimate upset, but I think it's fair to say Detroit was at least Nashville's equal in their first round playoff series this season. Much like after the disappointing 2001 loss to Los Angeles, Detroit will be looking to shake things up a bit this offseason.
You can't obviously expect Ken Holland to go out once again and acquire the type of talent he did in the 2001 offseason. That type of player does not come available every year, let alone four of them in the same season.
They do, however, have a ton of cap space again and some holes in the lineup similar to that year.
Like Luc Robitaille before him, Zach Parise is one of the premier left wingers in the NHL. Alex Semin would also be a very shiny silver medal at left wing if Parise doesn't work out. With Tomas Holmstrom likely retiring, there will be a void at left wing that will be important to fill.
Following the 2001-2002 season, it was apparent that although he was still playing at a high level, Steve Yzerman was on his last legs.
The Captain had off-season knee surgery and missed the first 66 games of the following year.
This year, Nicklas Lidstrom was still one of the top defensemen in the league but is beginning to show some signs of slowing.
Another big free agent signing on the back end will be on Holland's to-do list as well. Ryan Suter is the obvious choice, and he would be a perfect fit to shoulder the load of Lidstrom's departure and the potential loss of Brad Stuart.
If Suter is not available, there are still plenty of other options on defense with the likes of Dennis Wideman, Pavel Kubina, Jaroslav Spacek, Filip Kuba, Hal Gill and Michal Rozsival all entering free agency.
Finally, current prospects in the organization will be a big part of this team's future. Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith are stars in the making who will play large roles in 2012-2013 much like Pavel Datsyuk before them.
So, let's recap.
A disappointing playoff loss to a team riding a hot goalie and a solid defense, a summer of big free agent signings, highly touted prospects stepping into full time roles and a legendary captain at the end of his career.
Here's hoping history repeats itself.