The Detroit Red Wings have had a disappointing offseason to say the least, and they are still in need of a defenseman to upgrade their blue line.
After fanning on unrestricted free agent targets Zach Parise and Ryan Suter (watching them both go to Minnesota), the Red Wings failed to make a move for Shea Weber and the Flyers capitalized in the short run by signing him to an offer sheet that was later matched by the Nashville Predators.
But what's in the past is in the past for Ken Holland and the Red Wings management; the future is here and it is right now.
Detroit has only six NHL defensemen signed right now (Kronwall, Quincey, Ericsson, White, Smith and Kindl) and the inexperience on the blue line is fairly obvious.
But overshadowing this inexperience is the lack of depth after these six defensemen. After Nick Lidstrom and Brad Stuart left this offseason, Detroit's need for talent on the blue line remains as clear as ever.
So with just over $13 million in cap space (per CapGeek.com), who should Detroit sign to challenge for a full-time roster spot?
Here are four players Ken Holland must pursue to round out the defense for the coming season.