Here are the latest Detroit Red Wings news and notes for June 22, 2012:
• Without a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and with the salary cap and changes in the game itself adding parity across the league, the Detroit Red Wings are rethinking the draft strategy that has produced so many gems over the years.
Namely, the Wings might focus less on raw skill at this year’s draft and try to add some size the organization.
“Our skill level is down, so we have to get bigger,” Wings assistant GM Jim Nill said. “The playoffs proved that. It’s a big-man’s game now.” — Windsor Star
• The Red Wings are in the middle of reworking their roster while trying to remain competitive. It’s because of that tough challenge that the “sense is something big is happening in Hockeytown,” writes Jeff Stone, and it may start as early as this weekend at the draft. — The Hockey Writers
• Could one of those huge changes involve bringing Jaromir Jagr in as a free agent? That’s certainly one of the possibilities come July 1, but the idea comes with some definite pros and cons. — Bradenton Herald
• Still can’t believe that Nicklas Lidstrom has retired? You’re not alone. While at the NHL Awards on Wednesday, Pavel Datsyuk spoke about how difficult it will be to head into next season without the ultra-reliable Lidstrom on the blue line. — SI.com
• The NHL schedule was released in its entirety on Thursday, and Sean Leahy picked out 10 games that he’s most looking forward to. Not surprisingly, the NHL’s annual Winter Classic showdown, which this year will feature the Red Wings hosting Toronto at Michigan Stadium, made the cut. — Yahoo