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So…what do the Red Wings do now?

Jul 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

Ken Holland

When Nicklas Lidstrom retired at the end of the season, a massive hole opened up on the Detroit defense that nobody could be expected to fill. However, of all available free-agent defenseman, Ryan Suter had the potential to fill it the most.

That the Red Wings had the cap space to sign the 27-year-old, and it was believed Suter wanted to play close to his home in Wisconsin, made Detroit the favorite to get him. But they didn’t. So, what do they do now? Because they also lost Brad Stuart to San Jose.

As it stands, the Wings’ top four consists of Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and Ian White.

Young guys with potential include Jakub Kindl, 25, and Brendan Smith, 23.

All in all, it’s not terrible.

But clearly Wings GM Ken Holland isn’t sold on his current group or he wouldn’t have so aggressively pursued Suter.

UFA defensemen Holland could target include Matt Carle and…Matt Carle.

Looking at the trade market, Jay Bouwmeester could possibly be had from Calgary. The smooth-skating 28-year-old is overpaid by a couple of million bucks, but Detroit has cap space to spare and there’s only two years left on his contract.

Expect to hear Shea Weber’s name in trade speculation as well. Now that the Predators have lost Suter, what are the chances Nashville can keep its captain past July 1, 2013, when he can become an unrestricted free agent?  Once GM David Poile stops punching holes in the wall, he’ll have to at least consider moving Weber and start rebuilding (again).

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  1. zaksyuk - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Sign semin and Carle. However, i got tweeted to by somone who works for fox sports detroit and she tells me that Holland is not to high on Carle. So, expect a trade i guess. Ps: i hate my life

    • zaksyuk - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Hockey insider says were going hard for Carle right now and were on semin as well !

      • minnywildfan - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        hockey insider is a terrible source….

  2. howardforvezina - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I say trade for Bobby Ryan and get any young D-man such as Carle.

    • howardforvezina - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      I meant as young as Suter.

  3. semin28 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Nooooo! I want to keep semin :-(
    CAPS FAN

    • zaksyuk - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      HAHHHHH

  4. uscthom78 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I can see Kenny begging Nikki to come back.

    • paperkid96 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Lids is in a good position for a one year 10 million dollar contract.

  5. neobob187 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Parise: “Money is not a deciding factor.”
    Minnesota Wild: “We’ll give you $8million more then any other offer.”
    Parise: “OK.”

    Ken Holland will not overpay for a player and the price was already outlandish enough for each one…with that amount of money we can get better players through a trade or rfa or more ufa’s. At least the Wings were one of the teams who were able to afford to overpay them. I didn’t expect Holland to do anything outrageous and fact of the matter is Suter and Parise aren’t worth $196 million dollars. Wild fans are about to get a big dose of reality come 2012-13.

    I say we look to trade for a top 4 D-man and pick up Semin. We don’t need anything else.

    • minnywildfan - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      you offered 12 years 90 Mill wild offered 13 and 98….. so I’m confused at your post. They took less money than offered by DET and PITT. so your wrong.

      And MN gets 13 mil in cap space off next year and 14 the year after that. again your wrong.

      • coconutman1 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        Just read on another article the Wild have $35 million in five players next year, nearly half the cap. Not good. Also, Wings offer was 13 years as well. Minnesota said they would outbid any and they did. Near home just gave them an excuse to leave their current teams.

      • neobob187 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        These two ladies wanted to play together in a quiet patch of daisies.

        I hear they got matching bath towels too.

        I thought both of you were winners, champions at heart. Couldn’t have been more wrong about that one. Rather than choosing a proven winner, you chose a perennial bottom dweller, in possibly one of the most forgettable cities in the league. The Wild are the taint of the NHL: forgettable, pointless and a little disgusting.

        Minnesota? Who are you going to play with? Cal Clutterbuck or the imposter that calls himself Dany Heatley? You’re one pill of Viagra for Minnesota’s limp dick, while Detroit been going Ron Jeremy for the past 21 years.

        Oh, they have great prospects? They’ll be great in the future? Yeah, ask Columbus how that’s worked out. They’ve had prospects for 12 years and managed to land face first in their own feces every time. The Wild’s track record isn’t any better. Minnesota fans can keep saying “Family First.”

        Family First, Friends Second, Stanley Cups; NEVER. That’s your team’s new motto.

  6. legacybroken - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I’d be really happy if losing out on Sutter netted us the superior Weber instead.

    • millers37 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Yea you got that right, I like Weber a whole bunch!

  7. hockinj25 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    We have too many forwards on the roster right now so I say put together a package for Nash, Ryan, or Yandle. The asking price for Weber might be too much for Kenny.

    • uscthom78 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      The asking price will be too much for Ryan or Nash so that leaves yandle.

  8. wingz101 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    If its a trade, I hope the target is either Bobby Ryan or Keith Yandle. They might have to part with Filppula to get anything done, but if it brings either of those two guys … do it.

    Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Helm is a pretty good 1-2-3 center ice position. Abdelkader can also play center and they have a couple of NHL ready guys in the AHL with Tatar and Andersson that could certainly take on the fourth line center role. They lack scoring off the wings now that Hudler has bolted and Filppula is more a passer than a shooter. Selanne might like him as a linemate in Anahiem no?

    If Datsyuk has to play another season with the riff raff that was on his line last year, Kenny Holland needs to be banished to the East Coast Hockey League.

    Defense wise it gets trickier. They basically need to find a veteran that will be good enough to play ahead of Smith and Kindl. It would also help if he shot right handed and was gritty like Stuart.

    • danphipps01 - Jul 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      So what you’re saying is, you’re one of the twenty-five or so teams interested in Bobby Ryan.

  9. howardforvezina - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    no matter what we can not get rid of Filppula.

    • coconutman1 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      I think he’s a good player and will get better, but pretty bold statement.

  10. sergeikremlin - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    The Wings plug a couple of holes, and rely on Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, and Howard to get them into the playoffs, and prepare for a much better FA class in 2013.

    • danphipps01 - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      … woah damn, that’s a lot of big, shiny names to look forward to. You’d figure Iginla would be pretty tempted to call it quits if Calgary has another season like the last three – and it’s looking like it might actually have a worse one. What happens if Cervenka can’t jump into top-line minutes at the NHL level? This team is thinner at centre than any team shy of Columbus.

  11. stateofhockey11 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Complain a ton, and say how crappy these two players are anyway, well according to their twitter feed!

  12. ray2013 - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    You have to think that Bouwmeester will now attract some interest. He’s a big, strong defenceman who eats up major minutes for the Flames, and the Flames now have too many d-men with NHL contracts. Looks like a possible fit.

  13. ray2013 - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    “Right now, there are five defensemen under contract for next season, headlined by Niklas Kronwall. The others are Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl, and the team is working on re-signing restricted free agent Kyle Quincey.” – The Malik Report

    They don’t just need one NHL defenceman. I’d say they need at least two. One top-four, and one bottom-2.

  14. savior72 - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Hey Mr. Lidstrom, hi it’s Ken calling, think you might have another year left in ya?

  15. phillyphever - Jul 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Gotta love sour grape Red Wing fans.

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