2011 NHL Draft: 10 Offseason Moves To Help the Detroit Red Wings' Aging Defense

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2011 NHL Draft: 10 Offseason Moves To Help the Detroit Red Wings' Aging Defense
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As a Red Wings fan, I've heard the argument made hundreds of times before that Detroit is too old to go all the way. I usually respond by listing off the young guns Detroit has worked in over the past few seasons and point to how their mix of youth and experience has served them so well over the last decade.

However, this offseason, it has become harder to find a counter point to the suggestion that the Wings have aged. While a number of young forwards have begun to assert themselves as the future of the Red Wings, it's suddenly become painfully obvious that this team needs help on the back end.

For years, Nick Lidstrom has anchored a stellar crew of defenders, but at 41, the captain's future with the team is in question. Brian Rafalski's surprise retirement, coupled with the expected departures of Ruslan Salei and Jonathan Ericsson, means that the Wings have lost half of their starters from last season.

But fear not, Wings fans; Ken Holland is one of the best in the business, and he can fill these holes when free agency begins on July 1st. Let's take a look at 10 possible acquisitions that could get the Wings back on track.

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