Detroit Red Wings: Playing a Dangerous Game

James ReedCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 24:  Alexander Semin #28 of Russia moves the puck against Canada during the ice hockey men's quarter final game between Russia and Canada on day 13 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 24, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Red Wings are playing a very dangerous game. They began free agency with some solid signings and added depth. 

They had their sights on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, but were jilted. Justin Schultz only wanted to play in Canada. Jason Garrison went home to Vancouver. The Wings were also unwilling to drastically overpay for Matt Carle and he moved on to Tampa Bay.

Now, experts and hockey fans alike have panned Detroit as one of the "losers" of the offseason. But let's be realistic with our expectations.

Suter and Parise wanted to play together, and they went home to do so. Nashville was never going to trade Shea Weber to a division rival like Detroit. Neither was Columbus going to cough up Rick Nash to Detroit, no matter how good the offer was. So put those fantasy hockey pipe dreams out of your head, too.

Shane Doan isn't going to leave Phoenix, either. Even if he did decide to leave, he may choose the L.A. Kings or San Jose Sharks to be closer to his home and family in Arizona. If Doan stays in Phoenix, they won't be moving Keith Yandle (sorry to disappoint).

The dangerous game that the Wings have been playing has yet to net them a much needed defenseman or a top-six forward. If they don't act quickly, they could miss out on an actual opportunity they might have to sign Alex Semin, a top-six forward to pair with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen on the top line.

If another team gets to him first, the Red Wings could go into next season with the roster they currently have, and that could spell the end of 21-straight years in the NHL playoffs. Semin's alleged bad attitude aside, the talented Russian sniper is the man the Red Wings need—and can get.

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