Red Wings considering trade wish list

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — The NHL trade deadline is March 2, and Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has a wish list.

Whether that wish list gets answered is another matter.

"You always have a wish list for what you need to improve your team," Babcock said Monday. "Sometimes it's reasonable for what you have and sometimes it's not reasonable. The general manager and the pro scouts sort it out."

Babcock didn't divulge what he'd like, but a right-shot defenseman and maybe some depth at wing — what with the return of Johan Franzen (concussion) unknown — likely would be on the shopping list.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has indicated the Red Wings aren't likely to give up prospects or picks for a short-term rental.

And, Babcock understands the future has to be taken into consideration.

"Is it possible or is cost too great short-term, long-term?" Babcock said. "Those are all things that Ken and I deal with."

Battling an incredible run of injuries last season, and lacking veteran depth, the Red Wings acquired forward David Legwand at the deadline last season to mixed results.

In the trade they sent prospect Calle Jarnkrok to the Predators, who have benefited.

With the Red Wings healthy and blessed with more depth, captain Henrik Zetterberg doesn't believe the team will be very active at the deadline.

"This year we're healthy, I don't expect us to do much," Zetterberg said. "If something happens, it happens. It's part of the sport and you deal with it. ... We look way better this year than at the deadline last year."

Super bowl recap

Babcock, like 120 million other football fans, watched the Super Bowl, and came away further impressed by Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization.

"He wins," Babcock said of Belichick. "He's a life-long learner. He wins different ways. They change their roster every year and build their identity on what their roster is.

"They're incredible and they've been doing it for 14 or 15 years. I like what they do because I think it's what we do."

Ice chips

Holland said there's no timetable on a return for Franzen (upper body), who hasn't begun skating and hasn't played since Jan. 6.

... Jimmy Howard (slight groin tear) hasn't started practicing but has been skating on his own, working with goaltending coach Jim Bedard. Howard was expected to return in the middle of February.

… Red Wings defensemna NiklasKronwall, on young defenseman Alexey Marchenko, who made his debut last weekend: "Real solid defensively and it'll be somebody we'll see a lot of (in the future)," Kronwall said.

… The Red Wings have the league's No. 1 power play (25.6; St. Louis' is second at 24.6) because of a few reasons, Zetterberg said.

"Bounces" he said. "You try to do the same things and get a lot of shots on net and be there for second chances. There will be periods when the puck goes in and also when the puck won't go in. But we've been doing some good things.

"Both groups have been good. That's also a key. When you have two groups that can score, not just one, when one is struggling, the other can take over."

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