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by George Malik on 12/10/13 at 11:36 PM ET
So I have a theory, and if it sounds too preposterous even for TMR, so be it.
Instead of pondering what would have happened had Tim Thomas not conveniently negated 2 Red Wings goals over the course of Saturday night's loss and Tuesday's disappointing 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers (who will head to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning, who dropped a 6-5 shootout decision to Washington on Tuesday evening, when the teams tangle on Thursday) I'm going with this:
I believe that the Red Wings desperately miss having a veteran #3 defenseman who could be thrown over the boards to right a listing ship the way they could toss Kris Draper over the boards when the forwards were struggling, and even given that Danny DeKeyser's injured, I would suggest that the team needs to do what's necessary to find an established second-pair defenseman to both help the team's puck movement and especially to steady the Wings defensively.
I think the Wings would have to both take on and move considerable salary, a defenseman (Quincey? Kindl?) and a second-tier prospect or two to make the deal happen, but I think adding a veteran presence and real support for the Kronwall-Ericsson pairing may be more important than any other move the Wings could possibly make right now.
I know that the team tends to prefer to make such moves closer to the trade deadline, but as far as I'm concerned, a 15-9-and-8 record suggests that the team has to finally address the departures of Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart as soon as it possibly can to ensure that the team isn't scrambling for a playoff spot again come February, March and April.
Update: Obvious question is obvious: what do you think that the Wings "need?"
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