Detroit Red Wings Sign UFA Kent Huskins


The Detroit Red Wings have signed unrestricted free agent defenceman, Kent Huskins to a one-year deal according to ESPN.com. The veteran defenceman spent last season playing for the St. Louis Blues but missed a significant amount of time (52 games) due to a hand and ankle injury. In the 25 games he suited up for the Blues he scored two goals and added five assists.

The Red Wings are in dire straits for some help on the blue line after Carlo Colaiacovo went down with a shoulder injury in the season opening loss to the St. Louis Blues, his former club.  He is expected to miss an extended period of time.

Colaiacovo, who is known more for his injuries than his offensive potential, joins Jakub Kindl and Jonathan Ericsson on the list of the walking wounded, leaving a gapping hole on defence.

Recently, Alex the editor for Bleedin’ Blue, a St. Louis Blues Fansided site, recapped Colaiacovo’s injury prone years while playing for the Blues.  It’s clear that Blues fans don’t miss him.

Currently the Wings have Brian Lashoff playing with the big club and will likely recall additional bodies from their AHL affiliate, Grand Rapid Griffins.  ESPN suggests either veteran  Nathan Paetsch or prospect Adam Almquist are the likely candidates to get the promotion, at least until Huskins is ready to suit up.

It hasn’t been confirmed whether or not Huskins could make Detroit’s home opener tonight against the Dallas Stars, but it’s highly doubtful he’ll be ready in time.

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