According to Babcock, don’t look for Wings to part with any young assests inside the locker room

DETROIT >> Quick update from Wings’ practice as we’re about an hour away from the trade deadline to be over.

Don’t look for Detroit to be trading any of its youngsters inside the locker room if any deal is going to be made.

“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.”

As for who’s available for Thursday’s home game against the Colorado Avalanche, Babcock said that none of the injured players will be available. That includes Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Darren Helm (upper body).

Stephen Weiss, Jakub Kindl (MCL) and Daniel Cleary all didn’t play Tuesday in New Jersey.

Henrik Zetterberg is also out for the rest of the regular season.

“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.”

Daniel Alfredsson missed practice, but should be able to play. He had a dental appointment after having a few teeth knocked out in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Devils.


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