Dear Santa Holland,
Okay, we know the obvious. The Red Wings need, at the very least, a stud #1 defensemen. One that will be "The Guy" for the next 7-10 years. That is Ryan Suter. We know he is the Wings' top target. Good. Because he has to be. Look, you cannot fully replace Lidstrom. However, when you lose Lidstrom, you must replace him with the best possible option. You cannot settle. Suter is by far the best free agent option, and arguably, the best young defensemen in the league. He must be signed at all costs. Anything less makes this offseason a failure. It's that simple. You lose the best, you replace him with the best available. He is everything the team covets in their top defensemen: good size, great puck-mover, good defensively (obvious), can play physical, good shot, can QB a powerplay, durable, and logs a lot of minutes. Pay the man! If the Wings must "overpay" to keep him away from other teams (especially the Preds and Pens), then so be it. There really is no other option. Garrison and Carle are nice young up-and-comers, but that is not what the Red Wings need. They need a proven commodity. Suter has played 7 good seasons in the NHL and his best years are ahead of him. He is a young veteran, if there is such a thing. He is established. The others are not. He is THE option. PAY THE MAN!!