The Detroit Red Wings organization’s commitment to winning is not in question, but if the Wings want to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup any time soon they need to get bigger, better defensively and add depth.
Brian Rafalski's sudden retirement means that the Wings have only four defensemen currently under contract. It also means that they are in a very favorable position with respect to the salary cap. The Wings need two more defensemen.
Even though the Cleary-Filppula-Bertuzzi line only played together for a short time near the end of last season, it maximized the production and abilities of all three players. It might be the best third line in the entire NHL. The Wings would really benefit from two additional top-six forwards.
Say goodbye to the old guard. Osgood will not be back with the Wings for another season. The Wings will need a backup goaltender.
If the Wings want to reclaim the Stanley Cup next season, here are five players they should target, starting on Friday.