The Detroit Red Wings’ 2013-14 season is in the books.
Players have cleared out their lockers, made their tee times and readied themselves for the offseason. Eight teams remain alive in the chase for the Stanley Cup, but Detroit is not among them.
The front office will soon begin the first few phases of its offseason preparation for June’s NHL draft. This includes a meeting with coaches to determine the direction of the club, then subsequently the fate of its free agents.
Detroit has seven players hitting the market as unrestricted free agents, while three key individuals are restricted.
Of those 10 players, only a small fraction are likely to return to Detroit. The others could catch on somewhere else, although some may have reached the final stage of their career.
The trade market is somewhere else Detroit could be active come draft day or leading up to free agency. A couple players currently under contract may find themselves relocating this summer.
Whatever direction the team heads in, there could be a significantly different look next season in Hockeytown.
Here are the Detroit Red Wings likeliest to be playing elsewhere in 2014-15.