Center still a problem for Red Wings

How the Red Wings fill their holes at center will determine whether they can be Stanley Cup contenders again.

Updated: July 22, 2003, 10:09 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Once one of the deepest teams at center, the Detroit Red Wings are suddenly left with just Steve Yzerman and checker Kris Draper after Sergei Fedorov left for Anaheim to sign a five-year, $40 million contract last week.

Of course, Detroit will once again be Western Conference contenders because of the addition of Derian Hatcher on defense and the return of Dominik Hasek in goal. But how well the Red Wings fill those holes at center will determine whether they can be Stanley Cup contenders again.

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