Ian White has been sitting in the Leino Lounge for the past three Red Wings contests. He has either fallen so far out of favor, so much so that he is below Jakub Kindl on the depth chart, or the Red Wings do not want him to get injured, which would negate a trade.
This season Ian White has produced only 2 points in 14 games, a huge drop from last seasons 32 points in 77 games. He played predominantly with Nicklas Lidstrom, which could account for why he tallied his 32 points, but in his career he has not produced less than 21 points, in a full season.
So what is his problem this season? The defensive corps has been banged up all season and there has been no consistency among defensive partners, but that does not excuse the way Ian White has been playing. He has been a liability for the Wings in the defensive zone and in his last 6 games he has a plus/minus of -6, including being a -2 in the 8-3 victory over Vancouver. A change of scenery could be just what he needs.
So should the Red Wings be looking to trade White? The answer is yes, but only for the right price. He is a right-handed shot, which is sought after on the point and could give the Wings a better return than a left-handed defenseman would.
Who would be looking for a defenseman having a rough go this season?
The Carolina Hurricanes have been linked to White because they are looking to bring in a veteran defenseman, but other teams that could vie for White’s services include; the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Florida Panthers.
Ottawa lost last years Norris Trophy winner, Erik Karlsson for the season and could use the services of another puck moving defenseman on the point.
Columbus has seen Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski go down with injuries. White plays a similar game to Wisniewski and could be a good fit for the team. A trade with Lumbus is pretty much out of the question though.
Florida could make a play White to cover for their captain, Ed Jovanovski, who has been out the last month with a knee injury.
If a trade is in the works, the question then becomes what would the Red Wings be able to receive in return for Ian White. The short answer is not much.
The Wings are in the market for a top 6 winger or top 2 defensemen, neither of which Ian White would be able to bring to Detroit. In reality the Red Wings would have to trade White for picks.
Are picks worth it though? At this stage I think they are. The Wings are currently in a reloading/rebuilding mode and the addition of a couple late round picks would help replenish the prospect ranks.
At the end of the day, I believe White does not get traded and stays with the Wings for the remained of the season.