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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