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Thanks for your service, Kent Huksins: Red Wings trade Huskins to Flyers for 7th round pick

Updated 2x at 3:27 PM: Per the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi, with Carlo Colaiacovo ready to return from his shoulder injury and the fact that the Red Wings signed Danny DeKeyser, the team needed to make roster room, and it's done so by trading Kent Huskins to the Philadelphia Flyers:

The Flyers are confirming:

Better than nothing!

Here's the Red Wings' official press release:

RED WINGS TRADE DEFENSEMAN KENT HUSKINS TO FLYERS

... Detroit Receives Conditional Draft Pick From Philadelphia …

Detroit, MI... Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has traded defenseman Kent Huskins to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Huskins, 32, signed a one-year deal with Detroit on January 22, 2013.  He appeared 11 games for the Wings this season, averaging 15:20 of ice time.

Originally selected by Chicago in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Huskins has appeared in 299 career NHL games with Anaheim, San Jose and St. Louis, tallying 13G-54A-67P in addition to 169 penalty minutes and a +49 rating. The 6’4”, 205-lb. rearguard won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 and has appeared in 48 career playoff contests, registering 0G-3A-3P-23PIM and a -3 rating. A native of Almonte, ON, Huskins has also skated in 410 career games in the American Hockey League with Norfolk (2001-03, 2012-13), San Antonio, Manitoba (2004-05) and Portland (2005-07).

 

Update: TSN is confirming, as is MLive's Ansar Khan:

The Detroit Red Wings have traded defenseman Kent Huskins to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014.

This frees up a roster spot for newly signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who won't play Sunday, but will be on the 23-man roster once the NHL approves his two-year contract.

Huskins, 32, signed a one-year deal with Detroit on Jan. 22 when the team was riddled by injuries on defense. He had been a healthy scratch the past 15 games and wouldn't have gotten into the lineup barring another rash of injuries.

Huskins appeared 11 games for the Red Wings this season, with no points and a minus-3 rating, averaging 15:20 of ice time.

Update #2: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose spoke to Huskins about being moved...

Saturday afternoon, after the Wings practiced before a special season-ticket hold audience at Joe Louis Arena, Huskins learned that he was on the move again. The Wings traded the 33-year-old defenseman to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2014 entry draft.

“It’s obviously been a unique season all around,” he said. “I was happy for the opportunity here and got to play some games, I guess, after having some injury problems over the last few years to just kind of get back playing and get another crack at it.”

An ankle injury forced Huskins to miss much of the 2011-12 season, his first with the St. Louis Blues. Now he’s off to his fifth club in seven NHL seasons.

“I’m excited to be going to Philadelphia and get a chance to play again,” he said. “For me, it’s just an opportunity to go play some games and try to contribute to a new team and see where it goes. I mean, if anything over the last few years I’ve learned not to look too far ahead and just concentrate on what you’re doing because you can kind of drive yourself nuts thinking about scenarios and everything that could happen down the road. I’m just happy to be getting in some games here.”

Before arriving in Detroit, Huskins was on a professional tryout with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. He played in 11 games for the Wings and averaged more than 15-minutes of ice-time.

News of the trade was made stranger for Huskins, whose parents arrived from Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday.

“It’s a memorable day for sure,” Huskins said. “I’ve had a few of those lately, but it’s all part of being a pro."

As did the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

"I’m excited to be going to Philadelphia and get a chance to play again,” Huskins said. “For me it’s just an opportunity to go play some games and try to contribute to a new team and see where it goes. I mean, if anything over the last few years I’ve learned not to look too far ahead and just concentrate on what you’re doing because you can kind of drive yourself nuts thinking about scenarios and everything that could happen down the road. I’m just happy to be getting in some games here.”

The move frees up a roster spot for defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who will be on the 23-man roster once the NHL approves his two-year contract.

Huskins, 32, had been a healthy scratch the last 15 games.

He signed with the Wings near the start of the season after the blue line was decimated with injuries. He played in 11 games and, averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time, had no points and a minus-3 rating.

“It’s obviously been a unique season all around,” Huskins said. “But I think there have been a lot of instances like this league-wide. It’s just a function of the lockout and a shortened season. I don’t know, I was happy for the opportunity here and got to play some games. I guess after having some injury problems over the last few years to just kind of get back playing and get another crack at it.”

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PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

could the DeKeyser signing be the spark that Tic Tock needed to get in the game?  maybe we’re looking at a small flurry of moves coming soon to a theater near you!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/30/13 at 01:20 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I was going to give Kenny an “attaboy” for turning Huskins into a draft pick, until I saw the conditional part of that deal.  I’m sure its if he signs with Philly next season, and I’m sure we will never see that pick.  Oh well.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/30/13 at 01:26 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

7th round?  yikes.  that’s gotta sting a little for Huskins.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/30/13 at 01:30 PM ET

Soupsnake's avatar

Any idea what the “condition” is?

Huskins was a solid D-man, who stepped in and played better than most of us probably expected. Philly won’t be disappointed.

Posted by Soupsnake from Canton, Mi on 03/30/13 at 01:30 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Condition probably involves games played or whether he re-signs with Philly.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/30/13 at 01:34 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

7th round?  yikes.  that’s gotta sting a little for Huskins.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/30/13 at 01:30 PM ET

Really?  If we ever saw that pick, that would be an upgrade for him, considering he was worth nothing last offseason.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/30/13 at 01:36 PM ET

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Finally a blockbuster trade!

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 03/30/13 at 01:38 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

true.  just saying it all has to sting for him.  such is the world of professional sports, of course.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/30/13 at 01:39 PM ET

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Good for Huskins. He will get some playing time so you have to be happy for the guy. Can’t complain about the job he did when he was called upon

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 03/30/13 at 01:39 PM ET

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“And that 7th rounder will be like a deadline acquisition in six years,” added Holland.

Posted by Garth on 03/30/13 at 01:41 PM ET

Soupsnake's avatar

Saw some tweets saying that the condition is if he plays 5 games with the Flyers.

Posted by Soupsnake from Canton, Mi on 03/30/13 at 01:50 PM ET

Soupsnake's avatar

nevermind, pretty sure that was St. James just joking around, seeing as how the second half of the tweet was “...if not it’s a cheesesteak”

Posted by Soupsnake from Canton, Mi on 03/30/13 at 01:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thank you, Kent, for being a good soldier for the Wings.  Best of luck in Philly.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/30/13 at 01:55 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Not on topic, but I just saw Crosby take a Brooks Orpik slapshot to the chops.  Direct hit, it was brutal.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/30/13 at 01:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Finally a blockbuster trade!

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 03/30/13 at 01:38 PM ET

some reason that just struck me funny, I couldn’t stop chuckling.  I’m still in a good mood after Michigan’s epic win last night.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/13 at 02:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Good luck Huskins, hope you can stay in the NHL and make some NHL money.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/13 at 02:04 PM ET

EDJ's avatar

although it probably does sting to be traded for a conditional seventh round pick, it’s the only thing that makes sense given that he hasn’t played in any games recently. No one is going to pay something that’s guaranteed for someone that hasn’t played the last ten or however many games. I hope he can stick though. The flyers are having a rough season and maybe he can land a roster spot there, at least through the season.

Posted by EDJ on 03/30/13 at 02:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Not on topic, but I just saw Crosby take a Brooks Orpik slapshot to the chops.  Direct hit, it was brutal.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/30/13 at 01:59 PM ET

Not returning to the game.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/30/13 at 02:18 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

He took it square to the chops.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/30/13 at 02:39 PM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

“Good for Huskins. He will get some playing time so you have to be happy for the guy. Can’t complain about the job he did when he was called upon”

Can’t agree more!!

I am assuming with Sammy and Franzen playing Sunday maybe Monday KH will have to send Nyquist down to GR until the roster expands Tuesday @ Midnight to 32 Players.

No use losing assets for a few days in the GR.

A win against the Hawks would be huge for the Wings and this fan!  Gus, the backup, will probably play against the Worst team in the West, Yikes! Wings playing a team they should beat is always an adventure.

Posted by OnlyWings on 03/30/13 at 03:29 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Good on Husky.  He did a good job here, hopefully he gets a chance to play in Philly.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/30/13 at 03:36 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

maybe Monday KH will have to send Nyquist down to GR until the roster expands Tuesday

can they just send him down “on paper” but tell him not to bother driving to GR?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/30/13 at 03:53 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The positive of Nyquist *temporarily* heading down to GR?

Getting Nyquist on a line with Calle Jarnkrok while the team still evaluates whether Jarnkrok’s ready for NHL duty. Maybe having a fellow Swede to chat with will bump up Jarnkrok’s comfort level, and that’s essential in terms of getting him to perform well enough to warrant a North American internship next season.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/30/13 at 04:07 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Glad to see that the Wings might possibly get something in return for Huskins.  Now if only Holland would make a trade that takes some guts.

Posted by gt500x on 03/30/13 at 04:45 PM ET

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Hope he gets some ice time and signs, nothing better then more picks for us in the 7th round.

Posted by maltby18 on 03/30/13 at 04:46 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Thanks Kent! I enjoyed your time on the ice.  AND we got a pick out of him via trade!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/30/13 at 05:38 PM ET

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a few more trades like this and the wings will own the 7th round next year rolleyes

Posted by akwingsfan on 03/30/13 at 05:43 PM ET

Son of Flying Pig's avatar

Kent Huskins single-handedly won that early season home game against the Blues.  Thanks for that, and good luck in Philly!

Posted by Son of Flying Pig on 03/30/13 at 06:00 PM ET

Primis's avatar

a few more trades like this and the wings will own the 7th round next year

Posted by akwingsfan on 03/30/13 at 05:43 PM ET

More Johnny Ericssons!

Oh, wait…

Posted by Primis on 03/30/13 at 08:16 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

The positive of Nyquist *temporarily* heading down to GR?

He’ll get to play on a line that’s he’s qualified to play on instead of a “checking” line. In fact, I hope he stays in GR the rest of the season because it’s obvious Babcock isn’t going to give him a chance to play on the Wings’ first or second line.

As for Huskins, I’d rather they kept him and sent Quincey to Philly. But, then again, what team is going to give up a valuable 7th round pick for Q?

Anyway, best of luck to Hunk Keskins. I thought he was the best #6/#7 defenseman the Wings have had in a long time.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/31/13 at 12:21 AM ET

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