For the diehard hockey fans out there that have been keeping tabs on the NHL and NHLPA meetings, there has been little cause for rejoicing other than the continuous meetings between the two sides over the past few days (via Winnipeg Free Press).
Having said that, if the two sides somehow manage to come to a deal before the NHL decides to cancel the remainder of the season, there are a number of issues that Red Wings GM Ken Holland should sort out prior to getting too far into the season.
The main issue has to be the incredible surplus of forwards on the Red Wings' roster. Currently, the Red Wings have 16 signed NHL forwards and seven signed NHL defensemen.
So given the fact that four of these forwards will not make the starting lineup every night, and at least two of those forwards will not make it onto the Red Wings' roster, Ken Holland and Mike Babcock will have some player battles to watch during this coming training camp and season.
Here are four Red Wings that could be playing elsewhere than Detroit by the end of the 2012-13 season.