Originally written on Section 303  |  Last updated 1/16/13

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 3: Wade Redden #6 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against the Atlanta Thrashers during the game on February 3, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, the Red Wings are going to kick the tires on soon-to-be-free agent Wade Redden. The New York Rangers have put the defenseman on waivers with the intention of buying him out before the season starts this weekend. With the legendary Nicklas Lidstrom retiring after 20 seasons and with Brad Stuart moving onto the San Jose Sharks in the off-season, the Red Wings are hurting for defensemen. They were reportedly interested in signing free agents Ryan Suter, Shea Weber or Matt Carle to replace Lidstrom but whiffed on all three. As a result, they inked oft-injured Carlo Colaiacovo out of desperation. But now, all of a sudden, Redden is on the waiver wire. Now obviously nobody will claim Redden and his monstrous $6.5 million cap hit. But, once he clears, he will be a free agent thanks to a recent compromise by the NHL and the Players Association. The Red Wings could certainly use his services, maybe even as a top pairing defenseman give...
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