I didn't say anything about 2 minor moves. I said 1-2 of the right moves. Almost any team in the east that makes the playoffs are capable of making the finals. We don't have any teams like St. Louis or Chicago in the east. I don't see the Wings as a bubble team what so ever. It is a team that has been decimated with injuries all season long, playing with different lines almost every night, and had bad goaltending the first half of the season. Yet we are STILL in a playoff spot with a great chance of moving up. This is a team that could become the team to beat in the east if everything goes our way. Not saying it is enough to win it all. But hey, if you can make it to the dance, anything can happen. Why wait until Hank and Dats are in their late 30's to go for it? We have loads of depth up front. We need to solidify the back end. Adding another top 6 forward would be just gravy.
I just think this team is a lot better than the stats show, and definitely a lot better than some here are making them out to be. If Franzen keeps playing as he has, and Weiss can be the player he is capable of everything will be fine. It isn't even far fetched for that happen.
#1 If Zetterberg is healthy by the beginning of the playoffs, which the 8+ week recovery time puts him ready to start playing sometime in the first round, and that he is able to come back as he was before he started hurting.
#2 If the players that do come back are able to produce as well or better than the kids they replace. On paper a lot of the injured players are better than the kids. But, hockey isn't played on paper, and it could be Weiss/Zetterbergy/etc come back and are in a downgrade during a period that every game is without a doubt like a playoff game.
#3 Assuming every other team stands pat and don't upgrade at all any additions will put the Wings in a better position. As such, the chances that other teams stand pat is zero.
#4 Assuming Holland even makes a move, he has been crystal clear, that #1 he will not pay a lot, and #2 that he will not go after rental. That severely limits the market.
As for what this team needs to add, the defense isn't as bad as people keep making it out to be, if it wasn't for Howard being soup-sandwich the first 1/3rd of the season this team would be one of the top teams in goals allowed. This team is lacking a lot of timely scoring, and it's evident in the fact they are bottom half of the league in goals scored.