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by George Malik on 06/07/13 at 09:21 PM ET
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke to soon-to-be-ex-Red Wing Ian White during locker room clean-out day, and noted that Wings coach Mike Babcock held no ill will toward a player who lost the coaches and management staff's trust when he followed up the, "I haven't asked for a trade yet, but my agent and I have talked to the team" spiel with poor play...But White made it known that he's officially outta here while speaking with the Free Press's Helene St. James as well...
White didn’t appear in any playoff games, and hadn’t played since April 7. “It’s somewhat doubtful they’re going to bring back a guy who’s not going to play,” White said. “Probably the most unfortunate part of our business is moving around all the time, switching teams. I loved playing here.”
St. James reveals that White, who bounced around from Toronto to Calgary, Carolina, San Jose and then Detroit over the year-and-a-half prior to signing with the Wings, may have dug his own hole in matching Jimmy Devellano's tale of cattle and ranchers with a lockout jab of his own:
One of the most vocal critics of commissioner Gary Bettman during last fall’s labor dispute, White’s comment in November that, “I personally think he’s an idiot,” did not go over well with the Wings organization, with the prevalent feeling one of distaste that White’s name-calling reflected poorly on the club.
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