A few days after their season ended, the Red Wings talked about the need of securing a right-handed shooting defenseman.

The Red Wings played the majority of last season with all left-handed shots.

In a perfect world, coach Mike Babcock likes one of each on his three pairings, creating balance and theoretically making for better passing and overall cleaner puck movement.

There were defensemen on the free-agent market who could have filled the void — Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle and Anton Stralman. But each chose to sign elsewhere.

Staggering back to square one, the Red Wings re-signed Kyle Quincey to a two-year contract worth $8.5 million while continuing to scour the market (free agents, trade targets) looking for a right-handed shot. But they are prepared to go with the same lineup as last season, knowing there are exciting prospects from Grand Rapids who could be ready for prime time.

Some of those prospects even shoot right-handed.

“We made offers to players,” general manager Ken Holland said. “They signed elsewhere. That’s going to happen with 30 teams trying to win and with the salary cap.

“We went in looking to add a right-hand defenseman and we felt we made very competitive offers.”

There is a feeling the defense can be improved simply from within.

The return of a healthy Jonathan Ericsson, who missed the end of the regular season and playoffs because of shoulder surgery, and the continued development of Brendan Smith and Danny DeKeyser, could improve the group as it is currently constructed.