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Detroit’s White hasn’t ‘asked for a trade’

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White apparently hasn’t asked for a trade, despite being a healthy scratch in seven of his team’s last nine games prior to Friday.

I just want to play,” White told MLive.com prior to Detroit’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. “I’m going to come to the rink every day and be a good teammate and try to make my teammates better.

“I haven’t asked for a trade. That’s up to management, what personnel they want around and what changes they want to make to the team. So, I just show up and work hard and try to help everyone get better, help this team get wins.”

White, 28, is a pending unrestricted free agent this summer, but doesn’t appear to fit in among Detroit’s top blue liners, according to head coach Mike Babcock.

In 15 games this season, White has one goal and one assist and is a minus-one. He is also coming off a 32-point regular season in 2011-12 for the Red Wings.

He recently expressed the need to stay positive, but admitted last week that “…it’s really a frustrating time.”

The Red Wings play the Oilers Friday and will then travel to Vancouver for a Saturday night showdown with the Canucks.


Red Wings’ Helm nearing return, White likely Friday

Darren Helm

The Detroit Red Wings were battered by injuries early this season, but things are looking up for them in that front.

Although they suffered a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, the silver lining is that Valtteri Filppula returned from a shoulder injury and demonstrated his health by netting a power-play goal.

it might not be long before Detroit gets more reinforcements, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Darren Helm (back) has been limited to just one game this season, but he might be back as early as next Wednesday. Helm is a key part of the Red Wings’ bottom-six forwards and will help them kill penalties.

Additionally, blueliner Ian White, who missed Wednesday’s game for personal reasons, should be back on Friday.

Unfortunately, the news isn’t as good for Todd Bertuzzi, who hasn’t played since Feb. 7. His back injury is still status quo and it’s not clear when he might return.

Red Wings suffer ‘self-inflicted wounds’ in loss to Flames

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The Detroit Red Wings were in a good position Wednesday night.

Tied 2-2 with the Calgary Flames, bottom dwellers in the Western Conference standings before puck drop, going into the third period. Then, it all fell apart for the Red Wings.

The Flames scored three times in a span of four minutes and 23 seconds in the third period, resulting in a 5-2 win on home ice for Calgary.

The Flames only needed 22 shots, apparently. Meanwhile, Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was outstanding, making 36 saves.

The loss lead to a post-game tirade from Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

“It’s amazing to me how you can play so well and look so organized and look so talented, and then it’s almost like you get playing good, that you get loose,” Babcock told the Detroit Free Press.

“I mean, it’s crazy. We just gave it to them. It had nothing to do with them. Those are self-inflicted wounds on us. Crazy mistakes for no reason what-so-ever.

“To me, that was a disturbing loss, because all we had to do was continue to do things right, and you win the game. Whether we don’t have the maturity as a group, or the stick-to-it-ness – there’s no sense in what happened here.”

Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo was a healthy scratch against the Flames.

According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, defenseman Ian White did not show up for Wednesday’s game for “unspecified personal reasons,” but is expected to practice Thursday.




After seven-game absence, Filppula returns to Detroit lineup tonight

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The offensively-starved Detroit Red Wings will get a nice boost on Wednesday as Valtteri Filppula returns to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 24.

Filppula, 28, has been shelved with a shoulder injury since the Wings trounced Vancouver 8-3 two weeks ago. Prior to that, he wasn’t producing at last year’s clip but was a big part of the Detroit offense, scoring 4G-6A-10PTS in 19 games while averaging close to 18 minutes a night.

The Wings, meanwhile, have scored just 10 goals in the seven games without Filppula in the lineup.

This promises to be an important stretch for the Finnish center. He’s in the final season of a five-year, $15 million deal and, with Ryan Getzlaf re-upping in Anaheim, could be one of the most prized centers on the open market — if he gets to market, that is.

Filppula posted career highs in goals (23), assists (43) and points (66) last season and the Detroit Free Press reports the Wings “do want him back.”

But much will depend on how he plays down the stretch.

Detroit’s facing a number of UFA decisions — Jimmy Howard, Damien Brunner, Dan Cleary, Drew Miller, Ian White — and is also in a dogfight for the playoffs, currently one point up on Minnesota for the eighth and final postseason spot in the Western Conference.

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


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.”