Rather than dwelling on what went wrong, the club has gone back to the drawing board in order to reconfigure its priorities. Looking ahead, one thing is certain: The Red Wings need to make something happen.
The team still wants a right-handed shooting defenseman, and rumors continue to swirl regarding available options. A trade is the likeliest of scenarios, and more names have seemingly been thrown into the fire every day, including some remaining free agents.
On defense, Detroit looks identical to last season, much to the chagrin of Hockeytown. Detroit missed on free agents Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle and Christian Ehrhoff, resulting in the re-signing of Kyle Quincey to an overpriced two-year contract worth $4.25 million annually.
General manager Ken Holland remains reluctant to move any of Detroit’s young prospects to acquire an impact player for its blue line. Unfortunately, he may be forced to compromise considering the team’s desperation and the near-bare market.
With that in mind, here is a look into the biggest rumors surrounding the Detroit Red Wings.