It may be hard for Detroit Red Wings fans to keep track of who they’re watching on the ice in the next few weeks without a roster in hand, as trading defenseman Kent Huskins to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday was just the latest move in what is expected to be a very chaotic couple of weeks. Huskins was moved to clear up a roster spot for the finally-healthy Mikael Samuelsson, but he likely won’t be the last player to pack his bags.
Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, and has appeared in one game. With the signing of free-agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser the Red Wings will also have to clear another roster spot this weekend. The most discussed and likely player moving to make that happen is forward Gustav Nyquist, who would be sent down to the Griffins. Todd Bertuzzi and Kyle Quincey have resumed skating with the team, and while it may be a couple of weeks before they return, there’s two more spots that will need to be found. For a Red Wings team that started the season with what seemed like more injured players than healthy ones, this may not be the worst problem to have – but it will make for an interesting start to April.
On top of all these already known and pending moves, there’s still the chance the Red Wings could make another trade before the Apr. 3 deadline. Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames has been mentioned as a possible target, and current Wings Valtteri Filppula and Ian White have often been mentioned as movable pieces. It remains to be seen if the Wings will make a big splash before the deadline, or put their faith in their current lineup as it moves toward returning to full strength heading into the season’s final month. One thing is certain: the Red Wings team that finishes this season will look a lot different than the one that started it.