The Montreal Canadiens have a number of players on their roster capable of playing in the bottom six, that may cause a few veterans to be sitting in the press box more frequently than they are used to this season. This depth at the bottom of the roster cost Ryan White his job with the team last season.
The Manitoba native was not given a qualifying offer from the Canadiens this summer, which caused him to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. White remained on the open market until this afternoon, when the Philadelphia Flyers inked the center to a one year deal.
White is a 6’0, 200 pound forward, but plays a very physical style. He is solid in the faceoff circle, winning 50.8% of his draws in the 52 games he suited up in for the Habs last season. White lost his spot in the lineup when Dale Weise was acquired, and he did not suit up for a single postseason game.
White has a reputation as an undisciplined player who often takes selfish penalties, but the reality is he cleaned up that part of his game years ago. He got into a few scraps last season, usually taking on someone much bigger and tougher than himself, which elevated his penalty minute total to 50 in 52 games. As for undisciplined and selfish penalties, White only took ten minor penalties all season, and if you include fighting majors he took 15 penalties, while drawing 12. Not exactly the numbers of an undisciplined and selfish hockey player.
If you look at the Flyers roster, they are strong down the middle with Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier and Sean Couturier. They are each solid middle-men, but none of them really fit the bill of a fourth line center.
This is why White will be such a good fit with the Flyers. His physical game is a perfect fit for everything the Flyers have represented for the past 40 years. He may not be the biggest guy on the team, but he never backs down from a battle and will do whatever it takes to help his team.
White may have been redundant on the Canadiens with Manny Malhotra, Michael Bournival, Brandon Prust and Travis Moen all fighting for fourth line ice time. However, he was one of the hardest working players to ever wear a Habs sweater, and I wish him all the best with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he is a perfect fit as a member of the Broad Street Bullies.
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