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May 17, 2012 | 10:03am ET
Wings weighing multiple options
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According to the Detroit News, the Red Wings might have to look deeper into the free agent pool this summer, especially if highly-coveted players Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils and Ryan Suter of the Nashville Predators remain with their team.

While it's no secret both players are on the Wings' radar, the club might have to consider the scarce pool of remaining free agents to find the top-scorer they desperately seek and a quality defenseman to potentially replace captain Nick Lidstrom, who ponders retirement.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland could have a look at Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin, who recently expressed a desire to test the free agency market, and St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman.

Although both players would not instantaneously make the Wings a guaranteed Cup contender as Parise and Suter would, they appear to be more cost-effective.

Semin, who could be more motivated to perform alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, has publicly stated that he is looking for a more significant role, while Jackman, who is a rugged defensive blueliner, might agree to a short-term deal and help the Wings.

However, Jackman appears to be looking to remain in St. Louis as a member of the Blues next season.

"St. Louis is my home and no matter what happens, I'm a Blue through and through," Jackman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I've had the best 10 years of my life in St. Louis and I hope to have another 15. This is my No. 1 choice, (but) it's all (the decision of Blues GM Doug Armstrong)."

Meanwhile, the Wings could re-focus their attention on veteran forward Jaromir Jagr, who caught their attention last summer right before his agent Petr Svoboda landed a more lucrative one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tough the 40-year-old had a solid season, posting 19 goals and 35 assists for 54 points in 73 games, Jagr may not return to Philly and could become a target for the Wings.

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