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Pleiness: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock doesn’t want to see the Red Wings jettison their youth

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had an intriguing take on the Wings' probable lack of deadline moves today, as noted by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

“When you increase your value internally, I guess what I would say is I’m not in any big hurry to get rid of these people,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after practice at Joe Louis Arena. “I guess it depends on where you’re from and what your thought process is, to me if you want to have a championship team for a long period of time you have to build it.”

The youth at forward inside the Wings’ room include Gustav Nyquist (15 goals, 13 assists), Tomas Tatar (14 goals, 12 assists), Riley Sheahan (four goals, eight assists), Tomas Jurco (four goals, five assists) and Luke Glendening (four assists). On the blue line, it’s Danny DeKeyser (three goals, 11 assists).

“And you’re not building it by getting rid of your young guys, you have to build it,” Babcock said. “When you get to a certain point then you can move assets. We’re not at that point.”

Babcock also weighed in on the Wings' injuries, and again, as Pleiness and others reported, Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and of course Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl and Stephen Weiss remain sidelined through at least Friday...

"I don’t know if it’s a growing concern,” Babcock said. “Just like Z, is that a growing concern, no they’re not here, they’re not playing. We saw Z this morning, it was good to see him. We saw Pav this morning, it was good to see him. They’re not available.”

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Kenny, this ain’t our year. Keep the guns. Move the waiver-exempt guys if you want to. At least the ones not expected to make the team, that is.

And why not give Callahan a crack? Dude is abrasive. Give him a look!

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/05/14 at 02:41 PM ET

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And why not give Callahan a crack? Dude is abrasive. Give him a look!

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/05/14 at 02:41 PM ET

Part of the St. Louis trade :(

Posted by TreKronor on 03/05/14 at 02:47 PM ET

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Ryan or Mitchell Callahan?  Mitch’s got some wheels that’ll probably remind some of one Jan Mursak…and Mursak was reputed to be even faster than Helm.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 03/05/14 at 02:57 PM ET

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