A busy day Wednesday will lead to another busy Thursday ...

And the next.

As expected, the Red Wings placed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo on waivers to begin the process of officially buying him out Thursday, using one of their two compliance buyouts allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

Signed to a two-year contract worth $5 million late last summer, Colaiacovo was limited to six games because of a shoulder injury and saw other players pass him on the depth chart.

“Players such as Jakub Kindl and Danny DeKeyser got an opportunity to play, and played very well,” general manager Ken Holland said.

The Red Wings will pay two-thirds of Colaiacovo’s remaining $2.85 million salary over the next two years. In turn, Colaiacovo becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Holland, who said he will not use the other compliance buyout, spent the majority of Wednesday contacting agents for approximately six players the team is interested in signing, as well as his own free agents. Players can sign Friday.

One target is Panthers center Stephen Weiss, who played in 17 games last season (four points, one goal) before season-ending wrist surgery.

“There’s going to be a lot of competition for centers, teams are looking for centers,” said Holland, who’ll need someone to replace Valtteri Filppula, who likely is leaving.

As for his own players, Holland said he offered contracts to to Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner, both of whom can be unrestricted free agents Friday.

“They know we’d like them back,” Holland said.

Brunner scored 10 goals in the first 19 games last season, but had two the final 25 before rebounding in the playoffs (fiv e goals in 14 games).

“Yes, teams have called about Damien Brunner and important decisions will have to be made between now and Friday,” Brunner’s agent, Neil Sheehy, wrote in an e-mail.