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Name The Defenseman

via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press this morning that he is working on signing a veteran and hopes to be able to use the defenseman in tonight's home opener against the Dallas Stars.

Holland didn't want to name the player until the deal is finalized. The contract has to be cleared by the NHL, and the player has to get to Detroit.

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We know this is Lilja, right?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/22/13 at 10:49 AM ET

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Does this mean we can get rid of Q?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/22/13 at 10:50 AM ET

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Lidstrom!

Posted by w2j2 on 01/22/13 at 10:53 AM ET

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Pronger? raspberry

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/22/13 at 10:53 AM ET

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Does this mean we can get rid of Q?

Your lips to Ken’s ears… but no.  We’re stuck with that contract for the duration.  Kenny’s not going to give up a #1 and then admit it was stupid to do so by turning around and moving Q for far, far less than a #1.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/22/13 at 10:53 AM ET

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Murphy!

Posted by w2j2 on 01/22/13 at 10:53 AM ET

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Doubt they’d bring back Commodore…

Posted by TheFreak on 01/22/13 at 10:57 AM ET

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Campoli

Posted by detroitdan1982 from St. John's, NL on 01/22/13 at 10:58 AM ET

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I would not be surprised if it’s Lidstrom.  Normally there’d be a “yada yada’s agent’s been in talks with GM Ken Holland” 

Signing a veteran D man who he wont talk about who’s good enough to jump right in a make a difference at the home opener?

I’d shit my pants if he really did it, but something about this makes me think it could be him.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 10:58 AM ET

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No way Lids comes back this week after flat our saying no 2 weeks ago, just not his style.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/22/13 at 11:00 AM ET

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That’s my pick to DD1982.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 11:01 AM ET

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No way Lidstrom’s doing it. Not after one horrible game defensively and one lackluster game defensive. I’m sorry, but I’d lose so much respect for the man if he un-retired like that.

It’s Lilja. Looks like I’ll be pulling my #3 jersey from the closet tonight.

Posted by edicius from New Jersey on 01/22/13 at 11:01 AM ET

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Anyone have a up to date list of free agents?

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 11:02 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Zqto, Try TSN, broken down by conference, looks pretty current.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 11:04 AM ET

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OMG - Welcome back Chirs Chelios!

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 01/22/13 at 11:05 AM ET

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It’s Lilja. Looks like I’ll be pulling my #3 jersey from the closet tonight.

Posted by edicius on 01/22/13 at 10:01 AM ET

I hope that was a gift….  raspberry

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/22/13 at 11:06 AM ET

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Maybe Mark Streit’s going to come out of retirement.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 11:07 AM ET

Zqto's avatar

Thanks, Paul!

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 11:11 AM ET

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Some people have mentioned Kubina who is playing in Europe or Colin White who was released from his PTO with the Blues when they signed Redden.

Holland wants the dman tonight, so I doubt it is Kubina.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 11:14 AM ET

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Free Agent Dman List Via Capgeek

Posted by mtuwingsfan on 01/22/13 at 11:15 AM ET

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I’d be pissed if we got Campoli.

Did Doug Murray sign with anyone?>

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 11:18 AM ET

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MTU, that list players who will have UFA status on 7/5/2013.  Although some on that list are not playing, some are.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 11:18 AM ET

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Lebda is a UFA (facepalm)

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/22/13 at 11:21 AM ET

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Hey, there’s another oldie there on the list..  Lebda

Not many other names I recognize, though

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 11:22 AM ET

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my bad, I guess I out thought myself

Posted by mtuwingsfan on 01/22/13 at 11:23 AM ET

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Holland wants the dman tonight, so I doubt it is Kubina.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 10:14 AM ET

On the other hand, why should Holland stop at signing just one d-man?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/22/13 at 11:23 AM ET

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@bezukov fifty man limit

Posted by mtuwingsfan on 01/22/13 at 11:24 AM ET

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Welcome back, Uwe Krupp!

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 01/22/13 at 11:27 AM ET

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Bob Duff tweet,

Some available UFA D - Chris Campoli, Mark Eaton. Brett Clark signed with OKC #AHL; Jurcina, Kubina in Europe.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 11:28 AM ET

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Btw, how many of the wings current D have 2-way contracts?

They would need to send someone down, when (or IF) we get 8 (or 7?) healthy Ds again, right?
Might be a problem on getting a veteran on contract?

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 11:33 AM ET

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@bezukov fifty man limit

Posted by mtuwingsfan on 01/22/13 at 10:24 AM ET

Good point.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/22/13 at 11:35 AM ET

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Chris Campoli looks like Brenden Smith and Kyle Quincey had a baby

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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Maybe Kindl’s getting waived

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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Can Homer play D?

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 01/22/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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Humm, checking cap geek, we have 6 Ds stuck on 1-way contracts:

Kronwall, Quincey, Ericsson, White, Colaiacovo, Kindl

If we get another 1-way contract, plus theres no way they will let Smith back to AHL, I hope, we would be stuck with 8 Ds…  Is that possible with a 23 man roster?

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 11:38 AM ET

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just one?  weak, weak

Posted by Rdwings28 on 01/22/13 at 11:38 AM ET

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Maybe Kindl’s getting waived

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 10:36 AM ET

Or Quincy? We do have 2 buyouts, right?  =D

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 11:39 AM ET

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Q and Cleary to Montreal - Subban

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 01/22/13 at 11:39 AM ET

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(yes, that was tongue-in-cheek)

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 01/22/13 at 11:42 AM ET

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I think they realize how shotty this defense is with our main 6 including smith’s 2-way and putting Kindl in for an extended period of time is DANGEROUS.  If Colo’s down for an extended period we def have to sign a vet and I think Kindl gets waived once all the 1-ways are healthy

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 11:44 AM ET

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