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Detroit’s Defense Could Look A Lot Different Next Season

If Brad Stuart decides to play closer to home and Nick Lidstrom decides to re****, two of their top 4 defensemen will have to be replaced.

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings haven’t started contract talks with Brad Stuart because the defenseman hasn’t decided where his future lies—in Detroit or closer to his home on the West Coast.

If it were strictly a hockey-related decision, it would be easy, Detroit would be Stuart’s first choice. But his wife and kids, two young sons and a stepdaughter in high school, live in San Jose, and that is where they must stay.

So it has been difficult for Stuart being away from his family for long stretches, flying to the West Coast and back during breaks in the schedule.

“It is going to be a tough decision,” Stuart said. “It’s not going to be all based on hockey and what I want for my career. It’s going to be a little bit (about) family, which is important. Those are things I still have to kind of sort out, try to figure out what’s going to be best for everyone.”

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Don’t know what is going to happen on the “D” line.  I do know that Mr. I. will do everything he can to build a winner.  He just dropped $214 million for Prince Fielder.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/24/12 at 08:46 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Do you think the custody battle is just a cover so that he doesn’t have to say, “no way in hell am I letting my kids live in Detroit”?

(I am just playing.)

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/24/12 at 08:47 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

You’d think they’d make him play in the outfield with that name.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/24/12 at 08:48 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Don’t know what is going to happen on the “D” line.  I do know that Mr. I. will do everything he can to build a winner.  He just dropped $214 million for Prince Fielder.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/24/12 at 05:46 PM ET

Jeebus, sure wished the Wings had a salary cap of $132 million.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/24/12 at 08:53 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

SYF I needed that, great link

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/24/12 at 09:07 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Oh 1998.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/24/12 at 09:14 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

  So would ya’ll wave goodbye to Stu if it meant welcoming Suter or Weber?

Not for a rental. As good as they both are, I’d rather have a guy familiar with the system and earned loyalty from his team for the stretch run.

If there was some way to guarantee their resigning, then sure, it’s on the table.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/24/12 at 09:23 PM ET

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And i think thats the biggest reason why Holland wont negotiate until after the season.

I’m pretty sure the biggest reason is that Stuart has said he’s going to have to decide what’s best for his family after the season is over and before he will start negotiating.

I’m guessing that what Ken Holland wants has little to do with what’s happening.

So would ya’ll wave goodbye to Stu if it meant welcoming Suter or Weber?

There’s a lot of big ifs in there.  If it were ironclad that Stuart is leaving.  If there was at least a good chance that we could sign Suter/Weber to a reasonable contract.

OK, two big ifs.

Posted by Garth on 01/25/12 at 01:45 AM ET

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Stu isn’t leaving….and if any of you think there isn’t a plan for complete dominance on the blue line that is ALREADY a few name scribbles away from completion than you do not and never have understood the brilliance on the Tick Tock.

Quit conjecturing, you’re making 19 friends of mine seem concerned.

Posted by The Hurricane on 01/25/12 at 04:46 AM ET

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Stuart is GONE at the end of the season.  First of all, he’ll probably get 3M+.  Secondly, his family.

The Wings should see if this trade would work:

To the Kings : Stuart, Kindl, Emmerton and a 2nd rounder for…

Drew Doughty. 

AND THEN go after Suter/Weber (and don’t sleep on Dennis Wideman from Washington either…)

Barret Jackman is a possible replacement for Stuart too…

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas on 01/25/12 at 02:37 PM ET

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