This Friday at noon EST the NHL’s Free Agent Frenzy starts as teams will start putting bids out on players that are now like many of us – unemployed (hey we have some of the highest unemployment rates here in Michigan it is a logical way to look at it).
So here is a look at where we have been and what could be our 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings…
The 2010-11 Detroit Red Wings
Pavel Datsyuk-Tomas Holmstrom-Henrik Zetterberg
Johan Franzen-Valtteri Filppula-Todd Bertuzzi
Drew Miller-Patrick Eaves-Danny Cleary
Mike Modano-Darren Helm-Justin Abdelkader
Nicklas Lidstrom/Brian Rafalski
Brad Stuart/Niklas Kronwall
Jonathan Ericsson/Ruslan Salei
Could this be the 2011-12 lineup?
Pavel Datsyuk – Tomas Holmstrom – Henrik Zetterberg
Johan Franzen – Valtteri Filppula – Todd Bertuzzi
Brooks Laich (Washington Capitals) – Jaromir Jagr (KHL) – Patrick Eaves
Darren Helm – Justin Abdelkader – Danny Cleary
Nicklas Lidstrom/Niklas Kronwall
Brad Stuart/Sami Lepisto (Phoenix Coyotes/Columbus Blue Jackets/IIHF World Champ)
James Wisniewski (New York Islanders/Monreal Canadiens)/Jakub Kindl
Brendan Smith (Grand Rapids Griffins – Red Wings 1st Round Draft Pick 2007)
Tomas Vokoun (Florida Panthers)
This is only a rough estimate and believe it or not – I am not Ken Holland.
Anything is possible which means that the above line up is as well.
The countdown to free agent frenzy is on… see you all Friday with live updates on all breaking news.