Wingin' it on McCarty

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

The Detroit Red Wings are expected to be active prior to today's NHL trade deadline.

Their entire management staff is in town as the Red Wings take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight. They'll be setting up a war room to monitor the day's activities.

"We're not as deep as we were last year," said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. "I think we're better on defence and some of our kids are a year older. But we'd like to add something if we could."

Yesterday they signed Darren McCarty to a one-year deal. McCarty, 35, had been playing with the Flint Generals of the International Hockey League and earned a pro tryout contract with the Wings who sent him to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

CONDITIONING STINT

He'll return to Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint and is expected to join the Red Wings in a couple of weeks.

"It's a little bit of a flyer," admitted Holland. "He really just started playing hockey again after Christmas. We didn't have to give up any assets, we didn't have to trade anybody to get him. He's been in the playoffs before, he's a physical presence.

"He played pretty well in Grand Rapids and it's up to him to show coach Mike Babcock what he can do and where he fits in."

WILL BE BUYERS TODAY

Despite their recent troubles, the Wings still have the league's best record and are looking to be buyers today.

"Ultimately you have to know your own depth chart and you have to have a plan," Holland said. "There are certain assets we're prepared to part with to try and bring in a player and there are certain young players and assets that aren't going anywhere. There are different ways to piece things together."


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