You guys are being silly... the Red Wings defense is fine and right on par with most other teams in the league. It is far better than s***sburg's for example, better than the Rangers, the Habs, the Kings, the Ducks, etc. Keep in mind, we will now have Danny Dekeyser for an entire season... look at his impact he had once we signed him. Even Babs said we did not make playoffs had we not signed him. Also, last year we had tons of injuries to our Defense so they were never really able to mesh with a partner. I think Smith especially will show much more offense abilities this year while he gets to mesh with a partner.
This is the lineup I think Babs will look to start the season with and it looks damn good to me.
Zetterberg- Datsyuk- Abdelkator
Alfredson- Weiss- Franzen
Nyquivst- Helm- Tatar (omg that 3rd line is just beautifully filled with speed and skill)
Eaves- Anderson- Miller/Bertuzzi
Dekeyser- Smith (I really want Babs to try this out)
Obviously this means Cleary, Brunner walk, and Kenny trades Sammy and Tootoo for picks which I am more than okay with.
I think this is a SOLID team.
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