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Examining the Detroit Red Wings

by Evan Grossman / NHL.com

 
 
Complete Red Wings Analysis:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards
Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Once again, Red Wings have reloaded

The Red Wings are a team that never seems to rebuild. Instead, they are a club that reloads every year, and this summer, with the departures of veterans like Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi, was no different. The Wings compensated for those losses with the addition of defenseman Brian Rafalski and veteran Dallas Drake, a former NHL captain. Playmaker Robert Lang is also gone, but the Red Wings are excited about youngster Igor Grigorenko, who is attempting an NHL comeback after a car accident nearly killed him four years ago.

The Wings will once again rely on a solid veteran core that’s been in Detroit forever, guys like Kirk Maltby, Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom. They’ve been a dominant power the last 10 years and the older guys continue to defy Father Time. By adding more quality veterans this summer to their solid nucleus, the Wings seemed primed to continue their mastery of the new rules and figure to give Western Conference foes fits again.

Don’t forget, the Red Wings finished with the best record in the West last year and came up just short of winning yet another President’s Trophy. With a stable core group, the continued development of homegrown personnel, and this summer’s free-agent additions, they figure to be even better this year.
 
2006-07 Record:
50-19-13, 1st Central

Who's In:
G Adam Berkhoel, F Carl Corazzini, F Mark Cullen, F Dallas Drake, D Brad Ference, F Randall Gelech, F Mark Hartigan, D Brian Rafalski, D Garrett Stafford
 
Who's Out:

F Todd Bertuzzi, F Darryl Bootland, F Kyle Calder, F Eric Himelfarb, F Matt Hussey, F Robert Lang, D Brad Norton, D Mathieu Schneider, D Dan Smith

2006-07 Leading Scorers:
Pavel Datsyuk (27-60-87), Henrik Zetterberg (33-35-68), Nicklas Lidstrom (13-49-62), Tomas Holmstrom (30-22-52), Robert Lang (19-33-52)

2006-07 Goaltending Leaders:
Dominik Hasek 38-11-6, 2.05 GAA, 56 appearances, .913 save percentage, 8 shutouts; Chris Osgood 11-3-6, 2.38 GAA, 21 appearances, .907 save percentage, 0 shutouts


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