Franzen could help Hossa's absence
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Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, moving into the Central Division on Tuesday with the Red Wings.
Summer Skate -- Detroit Red Wings
Given that the Red Wings' amazing 112-point season in 2008-09 was their worst since the lockout, it makes sense to make few moves. The departure of Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson means a net loss of 35 GVT, 26 of which is offensive value. The Red Wings haven't made any notable trades or free-agent signings, so where do they hope to get the secondary scoring that left them a goal away from hoisting the Stanley Cup again?
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The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
Note: For definitions of GVT and VUKOTA, click here.
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