Three keys to the offseason for the Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings' 24th consecutive playoff berth never really seemed to be in question, but there is plenty of speculation about where Mike Babcock will coach next season. Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire

They pushed the favored Tampa Bay Lightning to seven games, but in the end, it's another first-round exit for a proud Detroit Red Wings franchise -- the third in four years.

Now comes an offseason that could be one of the more dramatic in recent years for the Red Wings, simply because of what's on the line in contract talks with coach Mike Babcock. Plus, there's uncertainty surrounding the future of longtime starting goaltender Jimmy Howard.

There will be other key moves, but a look ahead to Detroit's offseason starts with Babcock.