DETROIT – After practice the Wings dealt defenseman Kent Huskins to Philadelphia for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014.
“I’m excited to be going to Philadelphia and get a chance to play again,” Huskins said. “For me it’s just an opportunity to go play some games and try to contribute to a new team and see where it goes. I mean, if anything over the last few years I’ve learned not to look too far ahead and just concentrate on what you’re doing because you can kind of drive yourself nuts thinking about scenarios and everything that could happen down the road. I’m just happy to be getting in some games here.”
The move frees up a roster spot for defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who will be on the 23-man roster once the NHL approves his two-year contract.
Huskins, 32, had been a healthy scratch the last 15 games.
He signed with the Wings near the start of the season after the blue line was decimated with injuries. He played in 11 games and, averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time, had no points and a minus-3 rating.
“It’s obviously been a unique season all around,” Huskins said. “But I think there have been a lot of instances like this league-wide. It’s just a function of the lockout and a shortened season. I don’t know, I was happy for the opportunity here and got to play some games. I guess after having some injury problems over the last few years to just kind of get back playing and get another crack at it.”