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Saturday Red Wings News Roundup: Injuries, Trade Speculation, DeKeyser Skates


[updated 1:14 PM with news about Huskins]

I want to start off by looking at something pretty. Shall we?

Yep, lookin' good, Danny.

Babs tells the press that DeKeyser will take warmups tomorrow, but he's not going to play against the Blackhawks. He hasn't made a decision yet as to whether DeKeyser will play against the Avs on Monday just yet. Personally, I think that's a great opportunity. The Avs aren't a good team, so if the Wings want to shelter him just a little bit, they can use him. The only way it could be better is if it weren't on the second of back-to-backs, but at least there's more than 24 hours between games and they're both at home.

Ken Holland told Ansar Khan that Mikael Samuelsson will be playing tomorrow and that Johan Franzen is a game-time decision. Samuelsson will come off injured reserve to do this and could honestly find himself on any of the top three center's wings at the moment. Considering Abdelkader-Datsyuk-Cleary was one of the lines skating this morning, I personally wouldn't mind seeing Sammy bump Cleary down, but it could be just as likely that Patrick Eaves finds himself directly bumped by Samuelsson to the Wings' fourth line, pushing Gustav Nyquist out of the lineup.

As for IR and roster space, the Wings are going to have to do something. Detroit has 27 players on the roster as of this writing, and that doesn't include Danny DeKeyser. Four players are on injured reserve right now, which has the Wings at the 23-man limit. Helm, Samuelsson, Quincey, and Bertuzzi make up that list. Carlo Colaiacovo is on a conditioning assignment in Grand Rapids right now, but he's taking up a spot and would have to be put on waivers to make room.

Somebody has to go. Conveniently, Gustav Nyquist doesn't have to clear waivers to be sent down and hasn't been told by the organization to get a place in Detroit like Joakim Andersson has. Nyquist is the odds-on favorite for the cross-state shuttle ride.

That still leaves one space to be made for DeKeyser. Unless a trade gets made in the next few hours, it appears as though we'll be updating this post to tell you that Kent Huskins has been placed on waivers to make room. Huskins hasn't played a game since February 24th and is easily the odd-man out because of an apparent lack of trade value. I'm guessing he would clear waivers and would be allowed to join the Griffins if this happens, but we'll know more when we know more, I guess.

[Update: the Detroit Red Wings' Twitter Feed has announced Huskins has been traded to Philadelphia for a conditional 7th round pick in 2014.]