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Could Wade Redden Wind up in Detroit?

January 16th, 2013 at 7:51 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Even with seven defensemen on the team, the Detroit Red Wings are reportedly still looking at adding another blue liner.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that the team has been having internal discussions about adding Wade Redden.

Redden has spent the last two seasons with the New York Rangers' farm team in the AHL. The Rangers have been looking at buying out his contract as part of the new compliance buyout clause in the CBA. They have until Saturday to do so.

The Red Wings need experience on the blue line, with Niklas Kronwall as the only defenseman over the age of 30. Redden, 35, fits the bill in terms of experience as well as his size (6-2, 205).

The problem is that the Red Wings would have to probably trade Jakub Kindl, as he was bumped to the seventh defenseman spot after Carlo Colaiacovo was signed in September. Redden would then likely play with Brendan Smith, which would pair Kyle Quincey with Ian White, and bump Colaiacovo to the reserve spot.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland was asked about adding Redden or any other players bought out by their teams, but he declined comment.

Tags: Brendan Smith, Carlo Colaiacovo, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Ian White, Ken Holland, Kyle Quincey, NHL, Niklas Kronwall

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