Flyers trade for defenseman Kent Huskins

Flyers trade for defenseman Kent Huskins
March 30, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The badly-depleted Flyers blue line got some veteran help Saturday afternoon when the club traded for Detroit’s Kent Huskins.

The Red Wings got a conditional 2014 draft pick.

“He’s an experienced guy who can give us a little depth,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “Andrej [Meszaros] and Braydon [Coburn] most likely are out for the rest of the season. …

“Some of our young kids we wouldn’t mind taking a look at with the Phantoms are injured as well. Brandon Manning is struggling with a hip injury. Oliver [Lauridsen] is playing today and we want to take a look at him.”

Lauridsen made his NHL debut and was paired with Luke Schenn.

Huskins, 33, has been bothered by injuries in recent years which, in part, explains why he’s bounced around from Anaheim to San Jose to St. Louis to the Red Wings.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound blue liner had zero points in 11 games and was minus-3 for Detroit. He’s a stay-at-home guy without a lot of speed.

He carries a $750,000 cap hit and is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about depth,” Holmgren said.

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