McIlrath is a pending unrestricted free agent unlikely to be retained by the Red Wings, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Known as an agitating defenseman, McIlrath was tossed around the league this season, making pit stops with the Rangers, Panthers and Red Wings. However, the 10th overall pick from the 2010 draft failed to make an appearance for Detroit, despite the parent club experiencing a myriad of injuries and even losing Alexey Marchenko to Toronto through waivers. McIlrath's last two contracts were one-year deals, and he may prove to be a bargain for a team that wants a tougher look on the back line next season.

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