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DETROIT -- The Red Wings on Wednesday added the defenseman they've been seeking.

Danny Markov, who will turn 30 on Sunday, signed a one-year deal worth approximately $2.2 million. He played in 59 games with the Predators last season and had 11 assists and no goals.

But it's not offense the Wings were looking for from Markov, but a tough defensive presence.

"He's tough to play against," general manager Ken Holland said. "He has a reputation as an agitator, and he brings a different dimension to our team. He's a top-four defenseman who can play a lot of minutes, and we expect he'll be a good fit for our team."

Markov has been slowed by injuries throughout his career and missed time last season because of ankle, knee and groin problems.

One reason for the injuries, though, is Markov's physical style. He loves to make highlight-reel hits, he's good at blocking shots and he is known as one of the gritty players in the league.

"He gets hurt because of the way he plays," Holland said.

The Wings will be Markov's sixth team, and fifth in the last five years. He played for the Maple Leafs, Coyotes, Hurricanes, Flyers and Predators.

Said Holland: "If Danny finds that this is a situation he likes, and we like the way he fits in, we told them (Markov and his agent) we would talk about a longer deal."

Markov joins Nicklas Lidstrom, Mathieu Schneider, Niklas Kronwall, Chris Chelios, Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda on defense. Markov likely will be in that corps with Lidstrom, Schneider and Kronwall. Chelios, Lilja and Lebda will share the third pairing.

With the defense in place, Holland remains on the lookout for a goaltender and more scoring on the wing, especially with the departure of Brendan Shanahan (40 goals) to free agency.

Winger Anson Carter (Michigan State) could be a possibility if he drops his demand for a multiyear deal approaching $3 million per season.

As for goaltending, Holland said the Wings will be patient in their search for a starter to pair with Chris Osgood.

Dominik Hasek and Manny Legace, both former Wings, are the lone unrestricted free agents of note, and the team hasn't expressed much interest in either.

"We're plugging away," Holland said of his pursuit of a goalie.
I think he will add a little grit. but who knows if the injuries may get to him as well.he only played 35 games last season. I dont know how healthy he will stay but it sounds good so far.. hopefully we can keep him off of the IR list.

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He gets injured often because of his style of play. He's very agressive in the defencive end and he and blocks a lot of shots.

Toronto should have gone after this guy rather than sign McCabe to that ridiculous deal, but of course, that would be asking too much. :rolleyes:

Anyway, good signing for Detroit, he'll fit into their top 4 well.
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