It has been a tough offseason for the Detroit Red Wings blue line. They lost a legend in Nicklas Lidstrom to retirement and veteran Brad Stuart to the San Jose Sharks. They also came up short in the Ryan Suter sweepstakes.
It's clear the Red Wings have some holes to fill on defense and obviously adding a player like Keith Yandle or Shea Weber would be the best option. However, the Red Wings may have to consider signing a free agent or two in the meantime.
It has been just over a week since the NHL free-agency market opened on July 1, but there are still a number of defensemen available that the Red Wings could sign. They may not possess the skill level of Lidstrom or Suter, but they could be worth a short-term deal and a small cap hit.
Here are five defensemen the Red Wings should consider signing for the 2012-13 season.