Amid their summer of free-agent acquisitions and what turned out to be the epic signing of Daniel Cleary, the hierarchy of the Detroit Red Wings were behind the scenes trying to figure out how to shore up their young defensive corps.
Its not that the Wings are down on their young defensemen. Theyre just looking for a veteran presence to stabilize their youthful and unpredictable group.
I had no idea (Brendan) Smith and (Danny) DeKeyser and (Jakub) Kindl could do what they do, Wings coach Mike Babcock said. Smith and DeKeyser are in their second year, so are they going to fall off the face of the earth or be like they're capable of being? That's going to determine lots of what happens around here.''
The Wings have such an overflow at forward -- tying up roster space and salary-cap room -- that getting a veteran blue-liner is darn near impossible. Detroit will have to begin the season with their youngsters on the blue line and hope they dont miss a beat after last seasons encourag...