Feb 7, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White (18) handles the puck as St. Louis Blues center Vladimir Sobotka (17) pursues during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Red Wings defeated the Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Is Ian White On the Detroit Red Wings Trade Block?


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.

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  • sezwhom

    He’s been a healthy scratch three games in a row. Wings also have Colaiacovo waiting to return from the DL. Huskins is in and out of the lineup too. Something has to give. Once you’re in Babcock’s doghouse, you’re usually done.

    • Peter Fish

      Yup there is is a plethora of defensemen for the Wings to choose from and being on the wrong side of Babcock can end you.

  • Jason Pellek

    Er, it’s Erik Karlsson, not Henrik.

    • Peter Fish

      You are right, sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/curt.wiebe.7 Curt Wiebe

    Good thing is that he’s not even 30 yet. So personally I think the Florida thing makes most sense. They want to trade Weiss, he’s in a slump n a change of scenery could spark him. Weiss for White, a depth center like emmerton (who’s actually been impressing me a bit this year) and a couple draft picks. Get Weiss while his stock is the lowest. If he could get almost 30 goals in 2009 being the main guy that dmen watch, I’m sure he could still get 25+ playing on the wing of datsyuk with Franzen. Than fil/Z/Brunner on the other top unit. That could solve their top 6 problem. N I do like our defense right now. Quincey has stepped up after first bad couple weeks, lashoff was a diamond in the rough, smith will be a top 2 dman, n Ericsson is becomin the defenseman we wanted him to become a year or 2 ago.

    • Peter Fish

      Emmerton has really stepped up this season. He has done a great job on the 4th line, but I think Andersson could be just as good in that role as well. I think it will take more than White, Emmerton, and pick to pry Weiss out of Florida though.

      On Ericsson, last season he was just as good. No one really noticed though because of Lidstrom and the fact he was pair with Kindl for most of the season. Most of the mistakes he made last season was a result of Kindl.

      • Peter Fish

        Weiss is now out for the season.

  • franzenmuth

    You know, I liked Ian White in his first season here. He was very solid and seemed to fit pretty well with our defensive ranks. But this whole season, he’s just been sub-par. Maybe he was thinking he would have a bigger role now that Lidstrom’s gone, and nothing came through. Also, the fact that he can’t keep his mouth shut doesn’t help him.

    I’m up for trading him, but there’s not much to trade for… and that’s the problem, like you said.

  • Vikingstad83

    I think White to Ottawa makes the most sense..it’s highly unlikely we re-sign him in the 2013 Off-Season, and the Sens are incredibly thin on Defence. How about we inquire about the possibility of trading White for the rights to former 6th Overall Pick Nikita Filatov? It would be a win-win for both Organizations

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