DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings will part with some players and add a few parts this offseason, but they don't have the salary cap space or the need to make major moves.
Any changes they make likely will be minimal, especially if Nicklas Lidstrom returns.
That is why improvement must come from within. They have a lot of players who need to elevate their game and others who should be better by being healthy and rested.
"A message has been sent to myself as a coach and the management that we have to improve our team,'' Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "How do you improve your team?
"You improve your team by Val Filppula taking a big step. He's at that point in his career he's got to take a step. You improve by Mule (Johan Franzen) being healthy, by (Jonathan) Ericsson taking a big step"