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Decimated defense: Detroit to sign Huskins

Jan 22, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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With injuries piling up on the blue line, the Detroit Red Wings will sign veteran defenseman Kent Huskins today, reports TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Huskins has played 299 career NHL games with Anaheim, San Jose, and St. Louis.

In 2011-12, the 33-year-old appeared in just 25 games for the Blues, missing the majority of the season with a fractured ankle.

But the Wings are beggars that can’t be choosers. Last night in Columbus, they lost defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to an injured shoulder in a game they were already playing without Jonathan Ericsson, who reportedly hurt his shoulder in practice this weekend.

When asked when Colaiacovo might return, head coach Mike Babacock said “it doesn’t look like it’s any time soon.”

Ericsson will get an MRI today, per McKenzie.

The Wings have also been without defenseman Jakub Kindl (groin), though he could be back Friday.

  1. mydoglouie - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    The times, they’re a changing in Detroit.

    • timmmah10 - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      It’s been a nice 20 year run, but they are still 1-1, and half the teams make the playoffs… so if they make the playoffs but have a down year while some of their youth matures, then I think the organization would call it a successful season still. Remember, this is the only franchise in any sport to make the playoffs for the last 20 seasons and never have a true lull.

  2. eggserino - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Love that Detroit is signing all of the Blues castoffs.

  3. redwingsfan999 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    The wings don’t have a choice, Ericsson, Colaiacovo, and Kindl are injured so we were short one defensemen even after bringing up Lashoff, so we had to sign someone but I think holland has something up his sleeve he wil do a trade for a defensemen soon

  4. sjsharks86 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    This is weak sauce, Huskins was less than impressive when he was here in SJ, I don’t see him doing anything for the Wings except filling an empty spot.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Yea as a sharks fan, I feel sad that times are changing for Detroit. We had a great rivalry for a few years.
    I hope they sort it out by signing or trading for some good players. I’m sure they will, Ken Holland is a genius!

  6. kingfooj - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    call up nicastro!

  7. jakreidler - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    How much does Subban want again?

  8. skarfacci - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    What goes up must come down. Every dog has his day. They were on top so long, now they have to regroup and rebuild. That’s sports.

  9. digbysellers - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Harold Snepsts is available.

  10. zuke13 - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I was thinking subban as well

  11. philliesblow - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Fortunately Mark Howe and Larry Murphy are still associated with the team and can be ready at a moments notice. Slava Fetisov is also ready for a call.

  12. timmmah10 - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Subbon going to Detroit would be like gasoline on a fire. They are struggling in their own end right now without Stuart and Lidstrom. PK doesn’t play defense.

    I have a feeling with all the cap space the wings have, that they’ll be upgrading the roster all season.

  13. letsgopens8771 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    It seems unfortunate that the Wings young D-men aren’t panning out like they should. Ericsson is OK, but Brendan Smith has not impressed me at all, mostly because he has taken costly penalties and has been soft. However, I do not agree with the signing of a Rental Defenseman who is old and slow and doesn’t put up great numbers. The solution is to get young talent, so they bring in HUSKINS. Doesn’t add up.

    • eastcoastwingette - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      …Smith has only played a total of 16 games in the NHL… Secondly, watch Ericsson a little more and you’ll probably want to re-evaluate that opinion. He’s “okay” as in “mildly better than Quincy.” *shudder* Last but not least, if we hadn’t brought in Huskins our current D would consist of 3 rookies (Smith, Lashoff, plus random call-up), 2 veterans, and whatever Kindl is supposed is supposed to be–“developing,” I guess. Three rookies. That’s half our back line. That’s INSANE. We’re already going into tonight’s game with 4 rookies in the line-up. None of this Detroit’s too old mumbo-jumbo from you, good sir.

      • eastcoastwingette - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Wait, 5 rookies. Guess our back-up goalie tonight is also a rookie.

        At this rate, we should just bring up the whole Griffins team and slap some Detroit uniforms on the kids.

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