Huskins to wear No. 3

DETROIT — Newly signed defenseman Kent Huskins will wear No. 3 with the Wings.

The last player to have the number in Detroit was Andreas Lilja.

If all the contract paper work is approved by the NHL, Huskins will play tonight against the Dallas Stars.

The Wings are already without Carlo Colaiacovo, Jonathan Ericsson (hip) and Jakub Kindl (groin) on the blue line.

“He’s played in the NHL, he’s bringing experience, he’s a guy that can play on the penalty kill, he’s safe and he’s steady,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s not going to bring you out of your seat but he’s gritty and he’s got experience. He can make the pass to get the puck in the hands of the forwards.”

Huskins, whose deal is a one-year, one-way deal worth $750,000, played in Norfolk in the AHL over the weekend on a tryout and was scouted by Glenn Merkosky.

The Wings had thought about signing Nathan Paetsch, who’s with Grand Rapids, or calling up Max Nicastro, who is nursing an injury, from the Griffins before settling on a deal with Huskins.

“We’re in Game 3 and it looks to me we’re into our ninth or 10th defenseman,” Holland said. “We need depth on defense because we really only got young kids in Grand Rapids.”

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