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5 Questions The Detroit Red Wings Must Answer By October

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5 Questions The Detroit Red Wings Must Answer By October

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The Detroit Red Wings are the same team they were before the start of free agency, which isn't a good sign for the struggling franchise. The Red Wings have five substantial issues they need to address before October if they want another shot at winning the Stanley Cup.

5. Will The Red Wings Re-Sign Daniel Alfredsson?

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5. Will The Red Wings Re-Sign Daniel Alfredsson?

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The Red Wings are in a bit of a pickle with this one. The club currently has just over million in salary cap space and they have yet to sign young defenseman Danny DeKeyser. For a team that is largely made up of older players, it might be wise for the Red Wings to let Alfredsson go and work on developing their younger players or search for another free agent to sign.

4. Does Jimmy Howard Have The Ability To Bounce Back?

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4. Does Jimmy Howard Have The Ability To Bounce Back?

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JImmy Howard had a rough 2013-14 season. The Red Wings have two other goaltenders they could possibly stick between the pipes besides Howard, but Petr Mrazek is underdeveloped and Jonas Gustavsson is not starter material. The Red Wings would highly benefit from Howard having a bounce-back season.

3. Will The Red Wings Have An Established Defense?

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3. Will The Red Wings Have An Established Defense?

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The Red Wings are lacking leadership on their blue line. It is apparent that players want to join the fighting franchise, but Holland chose to bring back all seven of the Red Wings’ defensemen from last season and did not make a hard push to sign anyone new.

2. Will The Red Wings’ Power Play and Penalty Kill Improve?

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2. Will The Red Wings’ Power Play and Penalty Kill Improve?

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The Red Wings' power play and penalty kill have both taken a nose dive over the past few seasons. Both are crucial for making it to the playoffs and ultimately taking home the Stanley Cup. The new coaching staff will address these two issues, but will they be able to make a change before it’s too late?

1. Will Mike Babcock Be Offered A Contract Extension?

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1. Will Mike Babcock Be Offered A Contract Extension?

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Red Wings general manager Ken Holland recently signed a four-year contract extension. Holland stated that he would like to work on offering an extension to head coach Mike Babcock, who has one more year with the Red Wings. Unfortunately, Babcock is part of the reason why unrestricted free agents have steered clear of signing with the club.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.