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June 27, 2011 | 10:20am ET
Red Wings focused on landing defenseman

The Red Wings will be fishing for a top-four defenseman as soon as the free agent market opens its doors July 1, reports the Detroit Free Press.

According to the paper, the Wings tried to make a trade for a defenseman during the NHL Entry Draft, but a deal never materialized.

With Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart leading the Wings' blueline, GM Ken Holland hopes to add another stud defenseman in the next week.

The Free Press claims the Wings were eyeing Andrei Markov, but he signed a three-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens last week.

Habs defenseman James Wisniewski is expected to test the waters and will be a target for Holland, though the Wings are cautious as his price tag could sky rocket.

"That's the biggest thing," Holland told the paper. "First all, if you're going to get involved in unrestricted free agency, the high-end guys, you have to pay premium dollars. That's why they're hitting the market.

"We're going to sign somebody, but I don't know if it's going to be a more expensive guy or a cheaper one -- we're going to debate."

Veteran Ed Jovanovski, who will not be back in Phoenix next season, is also someone of interest for the Wings, while San Jose's Ian White and Vancouver's Christian Ehrhoff are also on Detroit's wish list.

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