With the Detroit Red Wings' second straight second-round exit (read it again, it makes sense) at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, a multitude of questions surrounded the team's off season plans as soon as the handshake line dispersed at HP Pavilion after Game 7.
The question of whether or not Nicklas Lidstrom had just played his last NHL game became the primary one, for obvious reasons.
Almost as soon as that question began being bandied about the NHL blogosphere, the idea of him retiring allowing the Red Wings to snatch the No. 1 free-agent defenseman, Shea Weber, away from Nashville started to take hold.
The thinking was, with the (potential) loss of Lidstrom, the Wings may be looking to make as big a splash as they could by landing, or even attempting to land, Weber.
Now, in a totally unforeseen but not altogether surprising development, Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski has announced he is retiring from the NHL.
Whether or not Rafalski has beat Lidstrom to the retirement press conference punch remains to be seen, but, with Rafalski gone for sure, and the uncertainty of Lidstrom's status remaining, the "Weber to Detroit" chatter has begun to grow to a dull roar.
As much as I'd squeal like an 11-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert upon hearing the news that Weber was indeed a Red Wing, there's just no way in hell this is going to happen (I mean Weber coming to Detroit, I reserve the right to squeal at something else).
As for why it won't happen, any one of the following are reason enough.
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