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It’s Huskins

Schedule the parade.  It's Kent Huskins.

With their blue line reeling from injury on top of injury, the Detroit Red Wings added veteran depth in the form of Kent Huskins on Tuesday.

Huskins, originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1998, has six seasons of NHL experience with the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, and St. Louis Blues. In 299 career NHL games, he has 13 goals, 54 assists and is a plus-49 with 169 penalty minutes.

He will be in the Red Wings' lineup for their home opener against the Dallas Stars tonight, filling the spot of Carlo Colaiacovo, who was injured in Detroit's shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.

His deal is reportedly for one season and is a one-way contract.

That's courtesy of Clark Rasmussen and the always reliable detroithockey.net.

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Rumbear's avatar

Alright Huskins!

Wait…who?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 01/22/13 at 01:12 PM ET

FranzensMouthguard's avatar

who?

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/22/13 at 01:14 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

Is this redolent?

Posted by The Hurricane on 01/22/13 at 01:15 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

But don’t try and put a happy face on this shit sandwich of a blue line.  Fix it and fix it right or blow some shit up

Thank you Ken “move along, nothing to see here, I really like our team,” Holland

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/22/13 at 01:16 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Yay, another warm body. Hopefully this one won’t break 3 times in his first 2 games.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/22/13 at 01:16 PM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

better than Lebda.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 01/22/13 at 01:21 PM ET

detroitredwings's avatar

This shapes out to be an exhibition season.

Posted by detroitredwings on 01/22/13 at 01:22 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Filipino lady-boys
Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/21/13 at 11:35 PM ET

I am familar with this disturbing phenomenon.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/22/13 at 01:25 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Keep Lashoff - forever!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/22/13 at 01:26 PM ET

topshelf14's avatar

ASSETS: Plays a safe brand of hockey that keeps the mistakes to a minimum. Is very dependable and will play through injuries.

FLAWS: Lacks the overall skills to contribute on offense consistently. Does not use his good size nearly enough. Is injured a lot.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Depth defenseman.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 01/22/13 at 01:26 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Also, thanks to whoever for this, I don’t remember.

“frageeeelayyy”

Huh, must be Italian..

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/22/13 at 01:28 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

Bold , tick tock, real bold.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 01/22/13 at 01:29 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Is injured a lot.

jUST WHAT WE NEEDED.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/22/13 at 01:30 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

“Will play through injuries”

Yes, other players’ injuries.

Did someone say NyQuil up for Sammy??  I mean, other than dreaming out loud?

If so, for God’s sake play him on the 2d line not the 4th!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/22/13 at 01:31 PM ET

Cwix's avatar

Good Fuching Lord

Posted by Cwix from Grand Rapids, now Chicago, IL on 01/22/13 at 01:32 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

so I guess there was nobody available from the local beer league eh?

When our next D man goes down, and this will happen we all know that, then who do we call up/sign?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/22/13 at 01:34 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

You know, I hate to be “that guy,” but what the *#$%@& do you expect Holland to do with the season underway?

I know people in this instant gratification society get tired of the “just wait” refrain, but just wait. Wait until teams start using their amnesty buyouts; wait until this season* is over and the cap goes down. He didn’t spend stupid money to have the Wings win *NOW*, and maybe, just maybe, it’ll pay off in the very near future.

(However, if Holland doesn’t jettison some of the dead weight this off-season, then I’ll start with the second-guessing)

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 01:37 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

If so, for God’s sake play him on the 2d line not the 4th!

Khan(!)‘s tweet says he’ll play with Filppula and Franzén.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/22/13 at 01:39 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

They should go for that Marky Mark movie and hold local try-outs.

Yeah, Mlive is reporting Gus is on I-96 as we speak with Lashoff’s unmentionables.

Gonna be a Griffins slumber party in Detroit.

I agree MRW, leave Lashoff, guy’s built for the NHL.  Already knows and has played with Smith, could end up a great pairing if Lashoff can be consistent.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 01:39 PM ET

FranzensMouthguard's avatar

[quote(However, if Holland doesn’t jettison some of the dead weight this off-season, then I’ll start with the second-guessing)]

Does that include Babcock?

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/22/13 at 01:40 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

It’s unreal how fast Wiki gets updated.  I think it was updated before the story broke, shit.  Remember Chris Benoit??  Big Brother yo

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 01:42 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Does that include Babcock?

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/22/13 at 12:40 PM ET

Hell, I’ve been second-guessing Babcock for the past couple of years now.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 01:46 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I think if the GM gave him the pieces he asked for we’d have better shots at winning.  I cannot believe we’re here today, signing Huskins, our two best D players are a rookie and a call up, after losing Rafi 2 years ago, Lids and Stuey this year.  We’re here, signing Huskins so sub for an injured Colaiacovo, our only D pick-up the past 2 years (Commie doesn’t count, wasn’t used nearly as much as he should’ve been)

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 01:53 PM ET

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Man, Holland is so dumb.  He should have gone out and gotten a big-time player and spent a bunch of money so that next year he’d have to cut a bunch of guys loose.

What a dope.

News flash, people: Parise and Suter did Detroit a HUGE EFFING FAVOR when they signed in Minnesota.

There’s no cap space for big moves.  If Holland had made one now it would have meant not even being able to make a decent offer to Fil or Howard next year.  And even more besides.

Huskins is just a guy.  Big whoop.  This year’s going to be a joke anyway.  Blowing up the teams cap structure for years to come just to try and square things away in 2013 is d, u, m… dum.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/22/13 at 01:55 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I’m sorry, White was Rafalski’s replacement.  White and Colaiacovo for Lidas, Rafi and Stuey.

We must’ve picked up some decent F’s then.. what?  Samuelsson?

Tootoo was a depth signing and a coach request, we’ll see how he does but that 3 year contract says they have confidence in him and Brunner was a stroke of luck and he’s still got a lot to prove and has a pretty modest cap hit, not like we were chasing Brad Richards or Marion Gaborik

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 01:58 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/22/13 at 12:55 PM ET

He’s had 2 FA’s and 2 trade deadlines to address the large loss of talent in a position that’s the lynch-pin to their system.  You save money on the wheels, not the engine. 

Now you can cry-baby about people thinking Holland should have addressed some of the loss of talent there with ridiculous arguements about the salary cap.  But it doesn’t matter if we’re under the cap if we can’t ice a competative, cap friendly, team.  Do you think teams over the cap are going to dump their good players?  They’re going to dump contracts where players aren’t playing up to the value of.  You think Holland is gonna cash in when teams are FORCED to be cap compliant?  Too bad they’ll be able to buy out pretty much what they need to get under the cap.  Not to mention teams in the West wont trade with us anyway so we’re relegated to the Eastern conference.  You see any teams dumping star quality D men over there we can upgrade our D with?  You can’t keep passing up deer waiting for that perfect buck, eventually you’ll go hungry.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 02:05 PM ET

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Man, Holland is so dumb.  He should have gone out and gotten a big-time player and spent a bunch of money so that next year he’d have to cut a bunch of guys loose.

Yeah, because that’s the only option.

It’s not like he didn’t spend money.  He spent it on Samuelsson and Tootoo and Colaiacovo and Quincey.

And God forbid Holland shoud make a move for a big-time player and have to rely on all the scrubs like Nyquist, Andersson, Tatar, etc who are overripening in GR.

If Holland had made one now it would have meant not even being able to make a decent offer to Fil

Whereas now he’s going to overpay for a third line centre and keep pretending he’s a second line centre.  Kind of like how he he re-signed Quincey and signed Colaiacovo, pretending that they were acceptable replacements for Lidstrom and Stuart.

Yeah, yeah, I know you can’t replace Lidstrom, but you can do something more than just fill your blueline with depth defensemen.  But oh, I guess that’s worked so well with the teeam’s overabundance of bottom-six forwards, right?

Posted by Garth on 01/22/13 at 02:07 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

1 game with st . louise last season

Posted by Rdwings28 on 01/22/13 at 02:17 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

It’s not like he didn’t spend money.  He spent it on Samuelsson and Tootoo and Colaiacovo and Quincey.

And God forbid Holland shoud make a move for a big-time player and have to rely on all the scrubs like Nyquist, Andersson, Tatar, etc who are overripening in GR.

I know you’re not responding to something I said, but those guys (except for Tootoo) are stopgaps. This is a 48-game season*, and the Grand Rapids boys have been playing well up there this entire time. If the season* had started on time, I could see Nyquist and Tatar being here already; as it stands—barring injuries, of course (which have obviously already happened)—wouldn’t you rather them get full minutes in Grand Rapids where they’re already rolling along pretty well?

... Kind of like how he he re-signed Quincey and signed Colaiacovo, pretending that they were acceptable replacements for Lidstrom and Stuart.

I still have that press conference on my DVR. Wasn’t the quote something like, “We’ve signed Vomitrocket and Stained Glass Cocov… Kokam… whatevertheshithisnameis as direct replacements for Lidstrom and Stuart, because that’s how I roll—and anyone who doubts me can suck it long, and suck it hard.”

Or maybe that didn’t really happen, and those guys were signed as temporary measures.

Yeah, yeah, I know you can’t replace Lidstrom, but you can do something more than just fill your blueline with depth defensemen.  But oh, I guess that’s worked so well with the teeam’s overabundance of bottom-six forwards, right?

Posted by Garth on 01/22/13 at 01:07 PM ET

This is what’s known as a “transition period,” and quite often said transition is not as seamless as people might hope.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 02:19 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Whereas now he’s going to overpay for a third line centre and keep pretending he’s a second line centre. 

He was the second line center on a cup winning team.  Fil is not one of the top, oh, 8 weak spots on this roster.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 01/22/13 at 02:20 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Does that include Babcock?

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/22/13 at 12:40 PM ET

Fingers crossed.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/22/13 at 02:27 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Stop gap?  How many D FA’s have signed with new teams since Rafalski retired?  At that point we knew Lidas only had 1 or 2 more in him as he started doing his year by year after that.  How long did they know Stuey was having familial issues and planned on leaving?  How much talent has changed teams since and what’ve we got to show for it?  Q and CC.  One having a long documented history of injury and the other one that you waived to keep Derek Meech.  Then you re-signed him for almost the same amount as stuey, in the same ballpark.

I feel like he’s mis-allocated his funds.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 02:37 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Stop gap?  How many D FA’s have signed with new teams since Rafalski retired?  At that point we knew Lidas only had 1 or 2 more in him as he started doing his year by year after that.  How long did they know Stuey was having familial issues and planned on leaving?  How much talent has changed teams since and what’ve we got to show for it?  Q and CC.  One having a long documented history of injury and the other one that you waived to keep Derek Meech.  Then you re-signed him for almost the same amount as stuey, in the same ballpark.

I feel like he’s mis-allocated his funds.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 01:37 PM ET

And how long did the previous CBA have before it expired? How many of those players are in danger of being bought out, traded, or otherwise moved?

The Wings are sitting pretty financially in regards to the future; they may not win NOW NOW NOW ZOMG NOW, but are in pretty good shape to make serious runs at any FAs that pop up.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 02:43 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

You honestly think Karlsson is going to be bought out?  Teams are gonna dump Yandle’s and Letang’s, watch out Chara.. you really think that?

Paging Mike Komisarek.  That’s what you’re gonna get.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 02:46 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

You honestly think Karlsson is going to be bought out?  Teams are gonna dump Yandle’s and Letang’s, watch out Chara.. you really think that?

Paging Mike Komisarek.  That’s what you’re gonna get.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 01:46 PM ET

No I don’t.

Those guys, however, aren’t going ANYWHERE. They are crucial to their teams and will be built around (with the possible exception of anyone in Phoenix) until they demand a trade or retire.

Please, stop putting words in my mouth/fingers.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 02:51 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

(cross-posting to make sure it gets through)

And look, you can call me a “Holland Apologist,” a “Holland Fanboi,” or whatever you want—I really don’t care.

Everyone has their own opinions, and there’s not a very good chance of anyone swaying anyone else. As long as you don’t start calling me names and/or belittling me for not sharing the same brainwave, everything’s fine; I’ll definitely extend you the same courtesy.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 02:55 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Red, give it up.  You’re not going to convince those who have already made up their minds that Holland is an incompetent GM, a loser and all in all a horrible human being.  I’m with you, I’ll wait while we get through this pretend season and look forward to next year.

Posted by calquake on 01/22/13 at 02:58 PM ET

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Posted by calquake on 01/22/13 at 01:58 PM ET

Oh, no, I’m not trying to sway anyone, just attempting to defend my position—no matter how poorly I may be doing it.

I’m under no illusions that anyone on this site can be swayed; we’re a—dare I say it—redolent bunch.

Just stay civil to one another. Ousiders can eat a cock, however.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 03:01 PM ET

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Posted by calquake on 01/22/13 at 01:58 PM ET

Do us all a favour and get down off the cross.

Posted by Garth on 01/22/13 at 03:04 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Do us all a favour and get down off the cross.

Posted by Garth on 01/22/13 at 02:04 PM ET

Hold a grudge much dude?  I disagree with you.  I’m not calling you names, I’m not disparaging your parents and I’m not attacking you.  Grow up.

Posted by calquake on 01/22/13 at 03:11 PM ET

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