Following their first-round exit, the Detroit Red Wings have a long summer ahead of them.
Ten players from last season’s roster are headed for free agency (seven unrestricted, three restricted), and substantial change could be on the horizon.
Detroit went through one of the most stressful season in recent memory, suffering a franchise record 421 man-games lost to injury as well as insufficient play from certain veterans.
Looking forward, it is likely Detroit will part ways with some familiar faces, while allowing some younger talent their opportunity in the big leagues.
As the team assesses its current state and begins to address the future, there is quite a bit of work to do. The options appear endless for any fan playing arm-chair general manager. The Red Wings have glaring needs and finally the corresponding cap space to accommodate.
The issues that require attention also go beyond the playing surface. Conversations regarding the man behind the bench and the status of valuable investments are of great concern moving forward.
With more on all the above, these are five problems Detroit needs to address this offseason.