It's never too early to speculate about next season's excitement.
After a thrilling run in the playoffs and a prospect system filled with quality NHL talent, the time is now for the Red Wings to make some noise in the new Eastern Conference.
Alfredsson wants to win the prized trophy in hockey and figured that winning it with his friend Henrik Zetterberg and other fellow Swedes would be a bittersweet ending to a truly remarkable career.
The Red Wings also welcomed in Florida center Stephen Weiss. He has a proven track record of producing 45-60 points in a season and will fill the second-line center role.
While there may be some turnover from last year's roster, there will not be much else that changes. The Red Wings will still be led by Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall. They will have an elite goaltender in Jimmy Howard protecting the crease and stealing games.
Most importantly, the Red Wings will be getting valuable ice time from a youth movement consisting of Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Dan DeKeyser.
After a few years of doubt in Hockeytown, all seems to be well.
Here is my projected depth chart for the 2013-14 Detroit Red Wings.