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February 27, 2012 | 1:21am ET
Wings want depth up front
TheFourthPeriod.com

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is hoping his team can acquire a complementary forward before Monday's 3pm trade deadline, the Michigan Local News reports.

Although Babcock has admitted to liking his current roster, he is also aware that you can never have too much depth, especially for a 21st straight playoff appearance.

"Change just to change isn't going to be the approach," Babcock told the paper. "We've already done a good job in giving ourselves depth on the back end (by acquiring defenseman Kyle Quincey on Tuesday). We want to get healthy up front, but if there's something available to make us better, we'd like to acquire that."

The Wings have targeted several forwards, including forwards Travis Moen of the Montreal Canadiens, Paul Gaustad of the Buffalo Sabres, Samuel Pahlsson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars, Mike Knuble of the Washington Capitals and Mikael Samuelsson of the Florida Panthers.

While Blue Jackets top-forward Rick Nash and Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown could also be in the play at the deadline, the Wings are not expected to make a major move.

They are more likely to add a fourth-line forward, preferably with size and grit, than an impact scorer.

"That (impact player) is not what we're looking for, we're looking for depth people," Babcock said. "We're looking for depth, because there's injuries. You got to remember Patty Eaves is gone for the year, probably (with a concussion), so that's a player we thought we had that we don't have."

The Wings currently sit in second place of the Western Conference and have an available cap space of $4.7 million at this year's deadline.

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