The Detroit Red Wings are going to have to fill a hole in defense. Brian Rafalski will not be easy to replace, but it has to be done. The Wings struggled in defense, and as a result, they finished as the third seed in the West going into playoffs.
Free Agency is less than a month away. The Wings will have to compete against 29 other teams to sign big names. The only question is, who to sign? Should the Wings sign a defensive forward, or a checker?
The Wings already have their hands full. Kris Draper, Chris Osgood, Mike Modano and Nicklas Lidstrom are all possibilities for retirement. This means that Detroit may not only have to worry about revamping their blueline, they will have to add forwards as well.
They have talented players in the minors, but the lack of defense was shown in the 2010-11 season.
These are the top five replacements for Brian Rafalski.