Thursday, June 16, 2011

The NYR Facts Of Life: #12 Todd White

For each player who suited up in a Blueshirt this season we will take the good, we will take the bad and take them both and see what we have. And this time around we started with the high numbers and are up to #12, Todd White.

#12's #s: 18 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, -2, 2 PIM.

Take the good: Donald Brashear is no longer a Ranger; the Blueshirts picked up White last summer by getting rid of the goon (along with failed experiment Pat Rissmiller).

Take the bad: White became a failed experiment himself. He never reformed any chemistry with his old Wild teammate Marian Gaborik and spent much of his NHL time confined to the fourth line. He was a slow shadow of the player who had 73 points two seasons prior with Atlanta. For the energy that he brought, he simply did not have the size or strength to make it translate into anything positive.

Take them both and then we have: A 36-year-old veteran of 653 NHL regular season games that has reached the end of the thread. White cleared waivers three times before heading for Hartford just before New Years. Once there he played just nine games in the bus league - putting up five points - due to several injuries, including a concussion suffered when he ran into one of his teammates. The writing is on the wall.

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