When Nick Lidstrom retired in May, it marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for the Red Wings.
Detroit's captaincy sits vacant for only the second time since Steve Yzerman was appointed captain in 1986.
The Red Wings must figure out not only how to win without Lidstrom, but how to win without any big free-agent splashes on the blue line.
Ryan Suter signed with the Minnesota Wild in July. In an already weak free-agent class, the Suter signing was enough to take the Red Wings out of the market for a top-tier defenseman almost altogether.
But with the season just around the corner (barring a lockout of course), the Red Wings need to find a way to fill the large void left by Lidstrom's retirement and Brad Stuart's departure.
Here are five things that they must do to continue to win without Lidstrom.