Thursday's game against Edmonton will be the fifth consecutive game Red Wings defenseman Ian White will be a healthy scratch.

It wasn't easy to sit out the first of those games, and it hasn't gotten easier lately.

White has met with both general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock to get an idea of where things stand.

White didn't ask for a trade when talking to Holland but does wonder about his future with the Red Wings.

"We're not there (asking for a trade) yet," White said. "I was just voicing this is game five and you can play so many games in a condensed period and it (the schedule) can get away from you pretty quickly. After the weekend here (coming up), that's seven straight games if you don't play.

"We have (defenseman Carlo) Colaiacovo coming back right away and I just wanted a determination of where he (Babcock) thinks you fit and where Kenny thinks you fit, now and going forward as well,"

White is an unrestricted free agent after this season. His cap hit this year is $2.875 million.

"From speaking with them, they're clear they want to keep me around," White said. "You just hope by keeping around it means putting you in the lineup, and hopefully get back in soon and forget about this."

But with the Red Wings winning games, playing well defensively and Babcock liking what he sees from his defensive unit, White will have to be patient.

"It's tough to change the lineup when you're giving up one goal or so a game," White said. "I have to come to the rink and be a good teammate. You can't put yourself above the team and mope around here. That doesn't do anyone any favors. Just stay positive."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130307/SPORTS0103/303070445#ixzz2MxeEcV45