I want to start by saying I am very fortunate to be a Detroit Red Wings fan. In the 23 seasons since I was born, the Wings are an astounding 1041-552-175-78. In that time, they’ve made 22 playoff appearances, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals six times and winning the cup in ‘97, ‘98, ‘02 and ‘08.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see players like Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg don the Winged Wheel. The Red Wings are a classy organization with talented management and ownership.
And yet, the Wings have been bumped from the playoffs by San Jose in back-to-back seasons. With an aging blue-line and an abrupt retirement from Brian Rafalski, the Wings find themselves with holes to fill and money to spend.
Here are the 10 moves I think will take Detroit from contender to champion.