The Detroit Red Wings hopes of winning the 2013 Stanley Cup rest largely with their ability to restock a defense corps which just suffered the loss of two out of their top four defensemen. Nic Lidstrom has retired and Brad Stuart's rights were traded to San Jose where he signed shortly thereafter.
Every season in recent memory, the Wings have been at or near the top in goals and points from defensemen. This is a defining part of the Red Wings style of play. They need top end productive defensemen. Expect Kronwall, White and Quincey (pending his re-signing) to top the 30 point plateau next season.
The loss of two of their top four defensemen will put the Wings in hot pursuit of a top four defenseman. On the current roster, they have Nik Kronwall, Ian White, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith. Kyle Quincey is a RFA.
Here are some of the top Red Wings targets by tier.