Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/30/14

DETROIT - JUNE 12: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Red Wings fans have known, one way or another, how they and their team would tearfully bid farewell to a certain Swedish net-crashing forward and move on without him for some time now, but while we're over half a year removed from Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement press conference, Wings fans and their team still don't seem to know how the team will perform without #5 on the ice. To some extent, Lidstrom's absence may be cushioned as thickly as Tomas Holmstrom's soon-to-be-retired hockey pants by the utter insanity of a 48-game season mashed into three short months. We certainly know that the Wings' organizational decision involved swinging and missing on Ryan Suter, and then simply waiting for CBA negotiations and the perhaps inevitable lockout to play out, only adding Carlo Colaiacovo as a low-risk, last-minute addition, and the Wings are indeed in very good position in terms of cap room to spend and depth forwards to spare, but given Ken Holland's tend...
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