The Detroit Red Wings have not had the best offseason. They watched Nick Lidstrom retire and Brad Stuart head west. They had hoped to land at least one of the big name free agents or trade targets, but they came up empty.
Many writers, including this one, have wondered if the team can really compete next season. While they did not make a big enough offseason splash, this is still a team loaded with talent. As the Los Angeles Kings proved last season, it is all about playing great at the right time.
Here are nine reasons why fans should still be optimistic about the season.