PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Coach Mike Babcock jokingly asked him to, but Nick Lidstrom isn't coming out of retirement.
Brad Stuart is also no longer in Detroit, having returned to the San Jose Sharks so he can be with his family.
So where does that leave the Wings' defense?
Many people around the league are predicting a hard fall for the Wings based on those losses. But Niklas Kronwall is not one of them.
"I think in here we truly believe that we have the right pieces, and hopefully, that's something we'll show you here in the next few games," Kronwall said.
Babcock has never been one to focus on what the Wings don't have. He's thinking there's an opportunity available for anyone who wants to take it.
"Nick played 23-4-5 minutes and Stuie played 23-4-5 minutes, so there's a ton of ice time right there for somebody to grab hold of," Babcock said. "I think there's going to be huge growth, obviously, in Kronwall and (Jonathan)...