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Detroit’s White on demanding trade: ‘We’re not there yet’

Mar 7, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

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Ian White hasn’t suited up for the Red Wings since an 8-3 win over Vancouver on Feb. 24 and has been a healthy scratch for the last four games.

Tonight, he’ll be one once again when Detroit hosts the Oilers at Joe Louis, which has plenty of people asking:

Will he ask for a trade?

“No, we’re not there yet,” White told Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily. “This is Game 5, you play so many games in a condensed period, it can get away from you pretty quick.

“All of a sudden you look after the weekend that’s seven straight games, if you don’t play.”

‘Yet’ seems to be the operative word here, as the 28-year-old blueiner’s in a very uncertain position.

Last week, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said his “best” defensive group was comprised of Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith, Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff.

That doesn’t bode well for White, especially with Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) reportedly close to returning.

White is in the final season of a two-year, $5.75 million contract and could be a target for teams looking to add offensive punch to the blueline. He posted a career-high 32 points last season with Detroit, leading all blueliners in assists (25).

The former Leaf, Flame, Shark and Hurricane is trying to stay positive but, given how much he’s moved around during his career, could be thinking there’s a better situation out there for him.

“In terms of trying to stick with it and how I deal with it, you’ve got to come to the rink and be a good teammate, can’t put yourself above the team and be pouting and moping around here,” White explained. “That doesn’t do anyone any favors. Just try to stay positive, there’s more to life than just hockey, too. You’ve got your family at home to worry about.

“So there are lots of things on the go other than this. But it’s really a frustrating time.”

  1. redwings1977 - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I kind of feel bad for the guy. Last year he was partnered with the greatest defenseman of all time, and this year he can’t even crack the lineup. I guess that’s a pretty good problem to have for the Wings though. The young guys are stepping up.

    • fusionix7 - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Have they ever. Lashoff is essentially Stuart 2.0, and suddenly Kindl is playing the best Hockey of his career. I have to believe Carlo will get a shot over White if they’re replacing anyone in the lineup.

      • polegojim - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        Fusion – I’ll give Kindl a ‘little’ credit… but he should be expected to put together… maybe one full season of decent hockey… not little pockets surrounded by crap play and turnovers.

        Sorry to sound like a jerk… but that’s reality.

    • polegojim - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      I don’t feel bad for him. He can choose to whine… or play up to the level of his competition.

      Only a team with injuries will pick up a guy who couldn’t even make it on a 4th line.

      Agreed on young guys… love Lashoff.

  2. puckmepuckyou - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Someone tell Holmgren to ready the checkbook

  3. clefty1 - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    You can never have enough defensemen come playoff time.

    • polegojim - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM


  4. LampyB - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Well said clefty! Despite not putting up numbers this year hes got experience under his belt, and detroits young skaters may not cut it yet come playoff time. Detroit needs to focus on getting their first though…

  5. withseidelinn - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    He will for sure be dealt by the deadline. Most likely to Philly IMO.

  6. bensawesomeness - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I’d keep him, we’ve had enough problems on defence via injuries for years now, last thing we need is to trade one.

    Unless we can get a pretty solid deal for him

  7. thehighcountrybear - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    White’s history in Detroit. He’d of either had to have Norris like output generally or found a way to anchor the otherwise embarrassing power play to stay with a Wings team trending toward big, relatively mobile defensemen. Small defensemen are going the way of the gooney bird: huge board crashing forwards and rules permitting a flat-out run at the end-boards have changed the way the puck is handled against the pedantic and game killing dump-in. Take away the trapezoid, guys of White’s stature become relevant again. Incidentally, I think both Kindl and Ericsson are doing fine; it’s too easy to criticize young players while ignoring game by game gaffes committed by the so-called elite defensemen around the League…

  8. beelza - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Not everyone can play for Babcock, or would want to play for Babcock. Example:

    ” ‘ I told ‘Quince’ the other day,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday morning, ” ‘It’s real clear for me and real clear for our team, we don’t need stats beside your name. We need pluses beside your name and we need 22 minutes out of you a night, going against probably the second group on the other team. … And if you do that, we’re ecstatic. Maybe you’re not. Maybe your agent isn’t, but we are. But you’re playing for us’ ”

    Babcock is awesome. Q leads the team in +/-

  9. dtownbeatdown - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    The guy had a hall of famer making him look good last year. He is not consistent and you can’t say his numbers are attractive/impressive. 1g, 1a, +/- is -2 in 14 games. Last here he did well here, had best +/- and was 4 points behind Lidstrom on the team… but he had Lidstrom, key word there. Now he is water trash. We need offensive defenderers. (Oxymoron?)

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