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Mike Babcock would like Detroit to add a little more scoring

Feb 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Mike Babcock AP

Of all the teams on the hunt for players at the trade deadline, the Detroit Red Wings might not be near the top of the list of those that figure to be active. That doesn’t mean Wings coach Mike Babcock is hoping things stay quiet.’s Ansar Khan hears from Babcock about what he thinks his Red Wings could use come deadline time.

“Change just to change isn’t going to be the approach. We’ve already done a good job in giving ourselves depth on the back end (by acquiring defenseman Kyle Quincey on Tuesday). We want to get healthy up front, but if there’s something available to make us better, we’d like to acquire that.”

So Babcock wants to see GM Ken Holland maybe grab another forward and give them some more depth. Does that mean Detroit is jumping into the pool going after Dustin Brown or Rick Nash? Probably not. When you think of what the Wings have done at the deadline in the past, think about their moves being tweaks rather than earth-shattering changes.

  1. lolnowhy - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    I’m sure they could land Nash with all those draft busts they’ve picked for the last 5 years

    • hockinj25 - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      You mean busts like Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Howard, Franzen, Helm, Abdelkader, Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Filppula, Hudler, and Kronwall?

      • lolnowhy - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        none of those players were picked in the last 5 years, idiot

        for a wings fan you sure don’t know a lot about your franchise

      • hockinj25 - Feb 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        oh really? I thought 41 year old Lidstrom was drafted recently. We don’t need high draft picks to come up and play for us every year. It doesn’t matter how many of our first round draft picks are playing in the NHL, we don’t need them.

  2. danphipps01 - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Brown would be an interesting idea. Lord knows he’s budget-friendly.

  3. geo91 - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    No one has seen prospects of the last 5years because they develop in the minors and aren’t rushed into the NHL, give it a rest guy.

    Trade for Ryan Malone perhaps?

  4. kiopta1 - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Seems like the only forwards playing with any passion are helm, abdelkader, and miller…while the D has been leaving Howard to carry any chance of a win.

  5. gerryf19 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Wow, once again some twit who knows nothing about hockey feels the need to troll into a red wings thread. No prospects in the past five ? Most teams would be thrilled to have prospects like Brendan Smith, Tomas Tatar and
    Gustav Nyquist. These guys are future NHL regulars–even more impressive when you consider where the wings draft.

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