Our big guys need help. Datsyuk can't carry the entire team himself. No one can. It's a team sport, and we don't have a solid team as a whole. Our bottom six can compete with most any other team.
Our top six struggles. If we ice a line of Dats, Z, and (insert body here) like we used to, we've got a soft second line. We need a solid scoring top 6 player. Vanek, Gaborik, Eriksson, Ryan. Any of those guys would help, just to name a few possible options (pipe dreams?). We have two solid centermen! Then need a bit of help, though.
On defense? Kronwall is not a #1 defenseman. He could be a great #2. But he needs someone there to make him better. Yandle? Myers? Either would help immensely. Whichever one would give us something to build around in the back end, while what we have currently are a bunch of good blocks with no cornerstone.
Sorry for the uber-long post. Hope it made at least some sense!
I think you're drastically undervaluing some of the Wings players in order to make this list.
Both Franzen and Brunner have produced at essentially equal or better rates than many players on your list including, Heatley, Selanne, Hossa, Sharp, Carter, Brown, Richards, Iginla, Horton, Lucic, Callahan, Gaborik and Richards.
Offensively Kronwall has outplayed every defenceman on your list but Suter and Letang. Kronwalls deficiency is his defence, and the 2 guys you suggest acquiring are actually worse defensively than he is.
Then in net you list Quick who has the worst Sv% of all starting goalies in the entire league, and who trails Howard in every single goalie stat.
Detroits list of depth should read
Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Kronwall, Brunner and Howard.
Still isn't likely to get us the cup, but definitely better than you make it seem.
Can someone please explain to me why Paul Gaustad is so highly though of around here? He doesn't score (7 goals, 14 assists), he doesn't fight (4 fights, 2 wins, 2 loses), he's not that big (6'5, 212 lbs), he's not fast, and he makes 2.5 million dollars. Presumably everyone wants him because he's a defensive forward who's good in the faceoff circle. We definitely don't have anybody like that...er...Justin Abdelkader: (8 goals, 14 assists), (6 fights, 2 wins, 4 loses), (6'1, 215 lbs.), is faster, makes 1.7 million less, and is a defensive forward who's respectable in the faceoff circle.