The Detroit Red Wings didn’t have a very good offseason. Other than re-signing young players, they made almost no moves.
The Red Wings squeezed into a wild card spot last season, losing to the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. They had a 39-28-15 record last season and were the only team in the playoffs that had a minus in goal differential in the regular season. Overall, I’d say their season was subpar. Without how many OT losses they had, they would’ve missed out on the postseason for the first time in over 20 years. With other teams in the East getting stronger, they may miss out this upcoming season.
Columbus and Washington are better. Philadelphia will be hanging around, as well as New Jersey and Toronto. Maybe we’ll see an underdog in Carolina.
The two main losses for Detroit this offseason were Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson. They lost both depth and some scoring. Samuelsson scores close to 20 goals a season and has hit 30 once. Bertuzzi brings about 15. An offense that wasn’t the best will stay that way. With a bit of lost offense and depth, and no improvements made, I think they are out this year.