By Kyle Bauer
Welcome to a new weekly column by Kyle Bauer on various happenings in national and local sports. Normally, this column will run every Sunday, today is an exception. Agree or disagree with the author? Please comment below or let him know your thoughts by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter, @kyle_bauer
July 1. marked the beginning of the free-agency signing period in the NHL and to Detroit Red Wings fans, it appeared to mark the beginning of a new post-Lidstrom rejuvenation in Detroit. It goes without saying Nick "The Perfect Human" Lidstrom left a crater but it also left the opportunity to aggressively drag the Wings out of what has become a stagnation period.
Wings fans (myself included) were anticipating the biggest free-agency spending spree since the 2001 Hall Of Fame monopolization, signing Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and acquiring Dominik Hasek via trade. Since the inception of the salary cap era, Wings GM Ken Holland has been squeezed o...