Detroit has started the 2011-12 NHL season in good fashion as they are sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference playoff race and are just 2 points behind Chicago in the Central Division, but despite their good start, improvements and added depth could help this team become a real contender for the Stanley Cup this year.
The latest from the Detroit News has the team looking to add some scoring and depth and Ales Hemsky of the Edmonton Oilers is one player that is on the team's radar as the trade deadline approaches. The Red Wings have room under the salary cap to make a move and adding a forward to help put more goals in the net will also help the pressure on the defense and goaltender Jimmy Howard in the second-half of the season.
Detroit isn't one of the more active teams in the NHL when it comes to trades, but the team is in good position this year and making a trade will only increase the team's chances come playoff time. Look for Detroit to make a move or two in the coming weeks and be one of the major contenders in the Western Conference for home ice advantage by season's end.