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It's no surprise that the Detroit Red Wings are in dire need of a defenseman for the future.
With 41-year-old Nicklas Lidstrom on the verge of retirement, and the loss of Brian Rafalski to retirement this past summer, Red Wings GM Ken Holland is on the lookout.
They may not have to look so far, either. Their Central Division rivals, the Nashville Predators, will be in quite a pickle come next summer. Predators GM David Poile is tasked with re-signing Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne and Ryan Suter.
However, it's going to be incredibly tough to sign all three, which leads me to believe one of them will be moved by the deadline. Rinne has proven himself as a legitimate No. 1 goalie who is deserving of an extension. Weber is an All-Star franchise defender that the Preds couldn't afford to let walk. Suter is a great shutdown defenseman who also plays the power play. He won't lead defensemen in scoring, but he's solid in his own right, and he might not be a bad acquisition if the Red Wings can get it done.
Jiri Hudler or Jonathan Ericsson would be viable pieces to move.