Hey, hey hockey’s back! It’s finally over the 20
12-13 NHL season is officially on track to begin, eventually. A tentative deal was worked out between the NHL and the NHLPA early this morning which will bring hockey the NHL back to America.
I could use this forum to bitch and moan about what happened and how everyone is a loser in this situation, but I’m not. It has been done and is a bit of a stale subject because everyone lost, the players, owners and anyone whose business revolves around the NHL.
My big question is this: are the Detroit Red Wings any good?
This team lost a lot this offseason both offensively and defensively and the big free agent signing was Carlo Colaiacovo, who totaled 19 points last season. GM Ken Holland left a lot of cap space and hopefully if some teams start to cut veteran players we will be in the right place to add some pieces.
Trying to replace Nicklas Lidstrom is an impossible task and the loss of Brad Stuart didn’t help matters either, but this team does have a lot of young prospects that can come up from Grand Rapids and help immediately. But with young players there is also a period where they need to get use to playing in the NHL, and with an abbreviated season the Wings may not have that luxury.
No matter what happens this season, this team should be fun to watch. The speed in which guys like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar move down the ice paired with Datsuyk and Zetterberg will be awesome. Riley Sheahan, Teletubbies incident behind him, is a big body similar to guys like the Mule and should learn how to use his size.
Adding Mikael Samulesson should help replace Jiri Hudler while Jordin Tootoo should give this team a physical presence that it hasn’t seen since the days of Probert and Kocur. Having a solid back up goaltender like Jonas Gustavsson will give starter Jimmy Howard a break during the quickly moving season.
This team has all of the pieces to make the playoffs and contend on a nightly basis. With the shortened season every team has a chance and making the playoffs and more still should be the goal of this bunch.
What do you think hockey fans, will the Wings be able to make the playoffs or will the consecutive appearance streak end with this shortened season? Let us know at @DSBloggers on Twitter or on Facebook or in the comments below to tell us what you, the fans, think.