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Sharks sign former Devils D White for one year

Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 2:42 pm

By Brian Stubits

How's that old saying go: One man's trash is another man's treasure?

A day after the New Jersey Devils parted ways with Colin White (and Trent Hunter) through a buyout, White has already been scooped up. David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News says the Sharks have signed White to a one-year deal for a price of $1 million.

"A stopper, a physical guy who's also an excellent penalty killer -- you can never have too many of those," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said of White.

White will actually make $3 million next season, $2 million coming at the expense of the Devils after his buyout. For the Sharks it's a very solid investment, getting a servicable player for the defensive corps for a small price tag.

White, a career Devil on the blue line, figured to have a market considering he's not completely long in the tooth. At 33, he figures to still have some gas in the tank. He hasn't been exactly the same player since suffering a very serious eye injury in the 2007-08 season, but he's still a very capable defensive player. In 2008-09, he posted a very solid plus-18.

The Sharks made upgrading their blue line a priority this offseason, giving up a pretty steep price in Devin Setoguchi, a former first-round pick and this year's top pick for All-Star Brent Burns, who they recently signed to an extension. They also brough in James Vandermeer to take some of the minutes. Getting more a bruiser to beef up the back is where White would fit in with his physical style.

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Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:00 am

Sharks sign former Devils D White for one year

Colin White was a hard driving, rock solid blue liner for the Devils since his rookie year. If there was any valid criticism of his play in his early years, it was that he took too many dumb penalties. But, he matured and became more disciplined and largely shook the habit of too many dumb penalties. He was on two cup-winning teams and also went to Game 7 of the finals in 2001 (when Roy and the Avs shut down a really, really good Devils team). I agree that White's play was not quite the same after the eye injury but that would have been a career ending injury for most players....and White had the grit to work through it, overcome it, and play at the NHL level after a devastating set-back. Devs fans will always remember him fondly. By the way, in the very bad 2010 -2011 year for the Devs, White was not close to being the Devils worst defenseman..........I get the point that his contributions are not the same as they once were and the salary cap situation pushed Lou to make this move, but I'm guessing this move was tougher for Lou than moving Arnot or Rolston......after all, White was a lifer for the Devs since his draft.    Devs fans will be watching the Sharks next season and hoping White is a good fit there. He deserves some more success in the NHL....he's earned it!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:32 pm

Sharks sign former Devils D White for one year

Thanks for the memories Colin.  Pre 2008, you were a very solid defender.  We will miss your leadership here in NJ.  Good luck capturing your 3rd Stanley Cup w/ your new team.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:46 pm

Sharks sign former Devils D White for one year

He was supposed to be the next Scott Stevens. After his eye injury he was mediocre at best and a waste of $3 million per year. He was timid, and while he was a big body, he didn't do much to help Brodeur up front. Needless to say but he's god awful with the puck as well.

At 33 years old, you'd figure White would have more in the tank but it seems that tanks been on empty the last 3 years. With Brodeur nearing the end of his career, the Devils would want to surround him with veterans but he's been so bad, Lou would rather take a chance on a rookie.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:18 pm

Sharks sign former Devils D White for one year

I like this. They are making some great moves this summer and should be a great year for San Jose with another Pacific Division title and a long playoff run hopefully ending in taking home the Cup for the first time. GO SHARKS!!!

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:54 pm

Sharks sign former Devils D White for one year

Nice pickup for the Sharks.  White isn't the player he once was but he's still serviceable.  He didn't have a particularly great season last year buy he may have a good year left in him.  It'll be interesting to see how he does outside of the Devils' system.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:43 pm

Sharks sign former Devils D White for one year

I love the pickup for SJ, I thought they were going to be done for the year.   Right now I really like them as the 1 seed in the West.    They needed a player like him to shore up that blueline defensively.    It may not work out, but I really like the job Wilson has been doing over there.

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