Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 2/28/13
With the eventual return of Colaiacovo Detroit will have 9 NHL defenseman on the roster. The obvious yet unpopular 1st move made would be to send Lashoff down to GR. That leaves 8 defenseman left. Kindl and Huskins could sit eating up roster space in the press box, but it may not be that simple. Lashoff has proven too valuable to the Red Wings to honestly send him down while claiming they are icing the best defense possible. He plays in all situations, not only being trusted to be out defending a 5-on-3, but doing it extremely well in the process. If you were looking for a Brad Stuart replacement look no further than Lashoff. Click the jump for my thoughts on the Wings D. Now and beyond.   Kronwall-Lashoff Ericsson-Smith Quincey-White Colaiacovo-Kindl Huskins Huskins may never see the ice again in a Wings jersey and that's ok. He played well as a bandage, and that's all we should expect. That leaves us with 8 NHL defenseman as much as you don't want to admit it Kindl is. They have put in a lot of time cultivating him, he's a RFA at seasons end and has too much size and ability to move the puck (at times) to let go via waivers. Where do they stand? White was a scratch last night, probably just a way to get a fire going in him. He hasn't been as effective as last season, but that's understandable. He played with the greatest defenseman of all-time last year, who wouldn't drop off? If White gets scratched tonight, then something is up. Trade? Who knows. What I do know is for 2013-14 the Wings have. Kronwall-Lashoff Ericsson-Smith Quincey-Colaiacovo All locked in. This is under the assumption that Smith (RFA) will be signed. White is a UFA and Kindl an RFA. One or both of them may not be back next season. If Kindl isn't traded, or waived he will get a qualifying offer leaving White the odd man out. This leads me to believe that the Wings may be looking to unload him now for a pick, or defensive depth in GR before they lose him for nothing. I wouldn't expect a big splash in the FA market this summer. Detroit seems to have their pairings set, and there really isn't much to choose from. Not a bad place to be considering most thought we would implode with the loss of Lidstrom and Stuart. LGRW!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

Broncos safety Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mountain West admits error, says Boise St. shot was good

WATCH: John Calipari loses his mind, gets ejected

Former Clemson star Tajh Boyd to speak at John Kasich rally

Peyton Manning's alleged not-so-wholesome image

Hawks not shopping Al Horford at NBA trade deadline

Report: Lincecum has been throwing in secret location

Check out this custom camouflage Oregon helmet

Ejected John Calipari tweets “they don’t need me and I love it”

Popovich would 'buy ticket' to watch Warriors play

Jamal Murray destroyed South Carolina defender with dunk

WATCH: Lon Kruger gets Oklahoma hoops squad hype for Kansas test

Texas signee glad he didn’t pick Texas A&M after alleged racism

Dallas Stars have passed the early tests in February

Could Matt Forte become the revival for Patriots run game?

Are the Celtics legimate contenders in the East?

WATCH: Jabari Parker is no joke at NBA Rising Stars Challenge

How Marvelous Marv Throneberry became a Met

WATCH: Filip Forsberg goes beast on Lightning with this goal

Carmelo Anthony on trade rumors: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker