Red Wings training camp isn’t far away and after a disappointing offseason in which the top two free agents (Suter and Parise) spurned all contenders (including the Wings) to play in Minnesota, Detroit was left having to resort to back up plans on the blue line. This was especially the case when longtime Red Wing great Nicklas Lidstrom decided to call it a career and Brad Stuart headed west for family reasons.
Going to camp the Wings as it stands now will go in with Niklas Kronwall, Kyle Quincey, Ian White, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith as their only NHL ready defensemen. However it’s vital the Wings add another defenseman before the team heads north to Traverse City in which General Manager Ken Holland also acknowledged.
But with NHL shopping season winding down and the free agent market looking like a Toys R’ Us on Christmas Eve what are the available blue line options for the Wings right now?
George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press believes it’s possible that Ken Holland could roll the dice and sign free agents Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark or Carlo Colaiacovo.
Sipple highlights that Rozsival who turns 34 on September 3rd has had his injury concerns and only had one goal and 12 assists in 54 games last season with the Coyotes.
Clark who is 35 played in all 82 regular season games for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He also led the team with 199 blocked shots and contributed two goals and 13 assists but was a minus 26.
Colaiacovo, 29 had two goals and 17 assists in 64 games last season with the Blues. It looked as though he was going to re-sign with the Blues but at this point it seems Detroit could be as much as a possibility as St. Louis.
Obviously these guys aren’t going to light the world on fire and won’t come close to filling the skates of the guy they lost in Lidstrom. There’s still also a possibility they fill the need via trade with the overflow of forwards they currently have.
Ref: Detroit Free Press