Originally posted on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 8/19/12

DENVER - OCTOBER 24: Goaltender Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings defends the goal against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 24, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Red Wings 3-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) By Rhys Richards (@RREsq) The Detroit Red Wings will look dramatically different on defense this season. While the team has been rumored to have made inquiries regarding Jay Bouwmeester and Keith Yandle, neither can replace the void left by the retired Nicklas Lidstrom if a deal is made. The off-season trade of stalwart stay-at-home defenseman Brad Stuart to San Jose created another large hole in the back end. At the moment, the Red Wings appear content to enter the season with Niklas Kronwall, Ian White, Kyle Quincey, Jonathan Ericsson, Brendan Smith, and Jakub Kindl. All are familiar faces but will be expected to take on expanded roles with the club. No one is more affected by the defensive changes than starting goaltender Jimmy Howard. Howard enters his fourth season as Detroit’s starting goaltender after stealing the gig from Detroit great Chris Osgood midway through the 2009-2010 season. With the retirement of Lidstrom and trade o...
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