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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

Detroit Red Wings: Ian White Unhappy With His Role

The Detroit Red Wings are playing better hockey these days, especially defensively. But not everyone is happy.

The Red Wings’ solid play has allowed them to settle in with a consistent group of defensemen. Not included in that group of six is Ian White, who often played in the top pairing with Nicklas Lidstrom a year ago. White was not in the lineup against the Edmonton Oilers tonight, the fifth-straight game he has been a healthy scratch.

White has spoken to Mike Babcock and Ken Holland to clarify his standing with the team and while White certainly would rather be playing, he’s not making trade demands and is hoping to earn his way back in the lineup. From MLive:

“From speaking with them, they made it clear they want to keep me around,” White said. “You just hope by keeping you around it means putting you in the lineup. Hopefully, I’ll get back in soon and forget about this.”

For fans, White’s return to the lineup likely means something bad has happened – either someone gets hurt or someone starts playing poorly. If it comes to that, at least it is nice to know someone like White is waiting in the wings.

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