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Red Wings in market for veteran depth

Updated: February 15, 2012, 1:17 PM ET
By Craig Custance

Last year, on the day of the NHL's trade deadline, the Vancouver Canucks acquired Max Lapierre from the Anaheim Ducks and Chris Higgins from the Florida Panthers. GM Mike Gillis gave up nothing more than Evan Oberg, Joel Perrault and two third-round picks to make it happen. On a day filled with trades, it barely registered a ripple.

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland noticed.

He knows how effective and necessary veteran players are during a long playoff run. It was Lapierre who scored the only goal in Vancouver's Game 5 win over the Boston Bruins during the Stanley Cup finals. Chris Higgins scored the only goal during the playoff series opener against the Nashville Predators, one of four he scored during the playoffs. They were the kind of necessary moments teams require when making a long playoff run, the kind Holland's Red Wings hope to make this spring.

So when Holland phones one of his counterparts leading up to the trade deadline, chances are it's going to be for a veteran depth player and not a high-end player who is going to make headlines.

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