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Detroit Red Wings 2014-2015 Offseason Goes as Planned
October 9th, 2014

Dissapointed by the play of several key players in the Red Wings' second round exit to the Minnesota Wild in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland knew changes had to be made. During Detroit's season ending press conference, Holland noted, "I'm not going to discuss any plans at this moment, but I can guaruntee that their will be some major shakeups in the Detroit Red Wings orginization this offseason". Sure enough, Mr. Holland stuck true to his word.

At the 2014 Entry draft, Holland made his first of many moves. Holland traded Detroit's 2016 first and second round draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks for their 2014 first round draft pick, 8th overall. Holland did so after hearing great praise for the young Russian right-winger Vyatcheslav Kusnetsov. Many experts believed Kusnetsov, a top-5 talent in the draft, would drop out of the top-5 due to the "Russian Factor". Sure enough he did, and thanks to the advice of widely-praised European scout Hakan Andersson, the Red Wings drafted Vyatcheslav Kusnetsov 8th overall in the 2014 Entry Draft.

After resigning every free agent on Detroit, Holland made two substantial moves on July 1st. Knowing his team lacked goal-scorers, he decided to trade for the Russian, Alexander Semin, and the Swede, Loui Eriksson. Although it involved Detroit giving up many top prospects, Holland stated, "[Detroit] is in a win now mode, so we are not afraid to sacrifice the future".

In the third and final deal of the 2014 Detroit Red Wings offseason, Holland shipped long-time Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey and a 1st round pick to Carolina for the 22 year-old defenseman Justin Faulk. Explaining the trade Holland claimed, "The major flaw in our second round exit was our inability to create offensive opportunities with our defenseman, so adding the young puck-moving defenseman Justin Faulk to the roster will give the team more versatility on the back end". Regarding the departure of long-timer Kyle Quincey Holland stated, "Kyle will be greatly missed on-and-off the ice. We wish him the best of luck".

Following Detroit's aggressive offseason one fact can be determined: Holland stuck to his word. The new and improved Detroit Red Wings are primed for a run at their second Stanley Cup in three years. Here's the projected lineup for the Red Wings going into the 2014-2015 campaign:

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Loui Eriksson
Alexander Semin - Pavel Datsyuk - Nail Yakupov
Tomas Tatar - Darren Helm - Martin Frk
Matt Martin - Zack Smith - Joakim Andersson

Brendan Smith - Justin Faulk
Niklas Kronwall - Ian White
Lucas Sbisa - Jonathan Ericsson

Jimmy Howard
Johan Gustavsson

The Red Wings are in a "win now" mode, but they still have a very solid prospect pool. Here are some players who could be dawning the Red and White in the future:

Calle Jarnkrok
Tomas Jurco
Teemu Pulkkinen
Xavier Ouellet
Ryan Sproul
Marek Tvrdon
Petr Mrazek

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