A Flyers insider reported and the club later confirmed that defensive help is on the way…and it’s not from Adirondack.
Minutes into Saturday’s Flyers-Bruins tilt, word came down that Paul Holmgren worked the phones and acquired little-used blueliner Kent Huskins from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2014. According to the Wings’ Twitter, it is a seventh-round choice.
In true Flyers fashion, it’s a steal: if they don’t sign Huskins to a contract by next October, that conditional pick is off the board.
Huskins has always been a back-pair defenseman throughout his career, which includes a Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks.
The 33-year-old Ontario native went scoreless and was a minus-3 in 11 games for Detroit this season. He also spent two games with Norfolk in the AHL.
A sixth-round draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1998, Huskins made his NHL debut in 2006 for the Ducks, and helped the franchise win its first and only Stanley Cup later that season. He picked up three assists in 33 regular-season games and one more helper in 21 playoff appearances.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Huskins has also played for the Sharks and St. Louis Blues, totaling 13 goals and 67 points with 173 penalty minutes in 310 NHL contests.
Huskins spent four seasons with Clarkson University from 1997-2001, springing for 78 points over 135 games.