DETROIT — The Wings’ pursuit of a defenseman to help fill the void left by Nicklas Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (trade) could lead them to giving a good look at Wade Redden.
Redden was placed on waivers by the New York Rangers today and if he clears at noon Thursday he could be bought out Saturday of his final two years of his six-year, $39 million contract.
The Wings may have interest in Redden, 35, at a much more reduced price.
Redden never caught on with the Rangers and was placed on waivers only after two seasons in New York. After clearing waivers, he was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack where be became the highest-paid player in the history of the American Hockey League
Redden, who was the second overall pick by the New York Islander in 1995, is among several defensemen the Red Wings have discussed internally.
The Wings tried to make a big splash in the offseason after losing Lidstrom and Stuart, going after the top free agent defenseman on the market, Ryan Suter. Then, they reached out to restricted free agent Shea Weber, who decided to sign an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers, which was later matched by the Nashville Predators.
The Wings were left with signing Carlo Colaiacovo.
However, Detroit is already at the 23-man roster limit and that doesn’t include Patrick Eaves, who has yet to be cleared for games from a concussion and could start the season on short- or long-term injured reserve.