Drew Miller brings many of the elements the Detroit Red Wings desire in a role player, and they wouldn't have to break the bank to keep him.

But, they have a crowded roster. They have some young forwards who no longer can be stashed away in Grand Rapids and some veterans hoping to stick around.

The Red Wings will decide within the next couple of weeks whether to offer a contract to Miller, who can became an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

If it were solely up to coach Mike Babcock, the 29-year-old Miller would return.

“I'm a huge fan of Millsie,'' Babcock said. “Millsie's an important part of this team. When he was out, we missed him.

“Let's just watch it all play out.''

Miller is a fourth-line energy player with strong defensive instincts and penalty-killing ability. Despite his slight build (6-foot-2, 178), he gets involved in high-traffic areas, down low and in front of the net. And he has some offensive ability, having scored 38 goals since the Red Wings claimed him off waivers from Tampa Bay on Nov. 11, 2009.

"I would like to stay,'' Miller said. “I got to talk to Babs and to (general manager) Kenny Holland, figure out what their approach is to coming back.

“But, being in a position to have options is something that could possibly be looked at, but my first choice would be to stay."