The Red Wings can expect more physical games against bigger clubs, maybe even a few more fights. But, they have a good track record against the East.
'Success breeds confidence and that's what we're seeing,' GM says of Griffins' march so far through the Calder Cup Finals.
The Red Wings have two compliance buyouts at their disposal under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement and any contract that is bought out won't count against the salary cap.
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had high praise for Grand Rapids Griffins standout Luke Glendening.
Holland: "High profile free agents don't want to go to rebuild ... you've got to start at the draft table, and you can complement it with trades and free agency."
Almost 68 percent of the 1,125 readers who answered our poll question like the Bruins to win their second Stanley Cup in three years.
Having played only one NHL: season, Brunner's market value is difficult to gauge. He started strong and played well in the postseason, but slumped the latter half of the regular season.
Red Wings also are trying to work out a deal with Damien Brunner. But, the chances of Valtteri Filppula returning are dwindling.
Tootoo appeared in a career-low one playoff game for the Red Wings this year but thinks Detroit's move to the more physical Eastern Conference could bode well for him.
The two Original Six teams will meet in the Stanley Cup Finals beginning with Game 1 Wednesday night at the United Center.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has ruled out Johan Franzen as a buyout candidate but Detroit has other candidates.
Griffins win both on the road, play Wednesday at Van Andel halfway to first Calder Cup title.