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2005-06 Finish: 58-16-8, 1st West
General Manager: Ken Holland (9th Season)
Head Coach: Mike Babcock (2nd Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 305
2005-06 Goals Against: 209
2005-06 Power Play: 22.1% (1st)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 85.5% (3rd)
Points Leader: Pavel Datsyuk (87)
Goals Leader: Brendan Shanahan (40)
Assists Leader: Nicklas Lidstrom (64)

Offseason Moves: Signed goaltender Dominik Hasek, who had been with the Ottawa Senators, to a one-year contract; signed centre Matt Hussey, who had been with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Dan Smith, who had been with the Edmonton Oilers, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Danny Markov, who had been with the Nashville Predators, to a one-year contract; signed centre Greg Johnson, who had been with the Nashville Predators, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: It just goes to show that you can come home again. Two years after letting him go to sign with the Ottawa Senators, Dominik Hasek has returned to the Motor City for a third stint with his old team. There's a lot of risk and reward for the Red Wings. On one hand, he was 28-10-4 last season while his 2.09 GAA and .925 save percentage were both second in the NHL. But the six-time Vezina Trophy winner suffered a groin injury during the 2006 Olympics and didn't play the rest of the season and playoffs. If Hasek can't go, the Red Wings have a great option in Chris Osgood. In 12 NHL seasons he is 325-183-71 with a 2.45 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Defence: Anyone knocking a team for having too many 'old' players has never skated against Detroit's defenders. At 36, four-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom remains one of the best all-around players in the league with his smart two-way play and a career season on the scoreboard. Another player showing no signs of wanting to slow down is 44-year-old Chris Chelios. Even in the new NHL game, he remains one of the toughest defencemen to beat one-on-one and always plays a smart game in his own zone. Mathieu Schneider also turned a few heads, with a career-high 59 points in his 16th NHL season. The rest of the group is a nice blend of veteran support and young up-and-comers. Andreas Lilja and new arrival Danny Markov play very well in their own end, while Niklas Kronwall and Brett Lebda are great puck-moving blueliners with lots of offensive upside.

Forwards: The Red Wings lost a lot in the leadership department with the departures of Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan, but there should be no problem with the team's overall depth. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg led the team in points last season, while Robert Lang turned in a 50+ point campaign (with 62 points) for the sixth straight year. Jason Williams saw his numbers improve dramatically, going from 13 points in 2003-04 to 58 last season. Tomas Holmstrom always plays a strong forecheck to create scoring opportunities, while Mikael Samuelsson, Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper excel at controlling the play at both ends of the ice.

Welcome to the NHL: The Wings have been waiting for forward Jiri Hudler to take the next step, and 2006-07 could finally be the year. He scored 36 goals and 96 points last season in the AHL, showing great offensive instincts and creativity.
 
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