In an era where there was no salary cap, the Detroit Red Wings were able to land some of the biggest free agent names on an annual basis.
This was the case in 2002 when Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Dominik Hasek were all brought in and created a new energy back in Hockeytown. They led the Red Wings to their 10th Stanley Cup.
After a lockout and the implementation of a salary cap, the staff of Ken Holland, Assistant GM Jim Nill and Senior VP Jim Devellano worked tirelessly to keep the brand of Red Wings hockey well into the new era.
They did so by signing veteran defenseman Brian Rafalski and Marian Hossa. Both players were instrumental pieces in one Stanley Cup and Hossa took them to Game 7 in the 2009 Cup Finals.
Now, as one Hockeytown legend hangs up the skates for good, a culture shock is needed.
Here are 10 players (in no particular order) that would restore the energy and continue to represent the brand of Red Wings hockey.