Jimmy Howard doesn't think recently retired Nicklas Lidstrom is replaceable.
"He's one of the best to play the position, but at the same time it gives someone else an opportunity," Howard said. Niklas Kronwall has an opportunity to emerge as the team's new defensive leader. At the same time, the Detroit Red Wings are likely to pursue a blueliner or two during the free agent period. The most prominent defenseman that's likely to hit the market is Ryan Suter, and Detroit is projected to be a serious contender for his services.