We saw teams known for being dominate powerhouses fall to younger less experienced teams. The Los Angeles Kings are a perfect example of this as they ended up going on an epic run to take home their first Stanley Cup Championship.
Major changes have also occurred in Hockey Town a.k.a Detroit, Michigan. Hopefully these changes won’t have too much of an adverse effect on the Red Wings, however all in all I believe that Detroit still has the core to really take them places in the National Hockey League.
The only thing different about this upcoming season that I feel will be different from the past 20 seasons is that the Central Division will suddenly become all the more competitive. We saw a glimpse of it this past season when 4 out of 5 teams in the division qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The biggest off season change for Detroit is of course the departure of team captain/leader/nhl-icon Nicklas Lidstrom.
As a personal fan of the Detroit Red Wings since I was a child, I’ve had the awesome opportunity to witness one of the greatest hockey players ever in Lidstrom. He will truly be missed more than one could imagine.
His leadership qualities, hard work, defensive tactics, and overall skill/knowledge of the game of hockey were always a pleasure to witness.
Hockey fans everywhere, not just in Detroit would certainly have to agree. Detroit did lose out on pivitol free agents such as Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. However they did make some great acquisitions in signing Darren Helm to a 4 year contract. They also picked up some other great acquisitions and are still at work in making this season’s squad a memorable one indeed.
Overall it has been more than I could ever ask for being a diehard fan and advocate of the Detroit Red Wings for nearly my entire life. The future only continues to hold more greatness for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.
All information given is either that of my own personal opinion as a fan and supporter of the Detroit Red Wings. All facts were obtained via reliable sources such as ESPN.com and NHL.com, etc.
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Thank you for reading about your Detroit Red Wings, more articles to come as the 2012-13 season approaches. Until then we all wait with eager anticipation.