Red Wings sign D Ian White to $5.75, 2-year deal

The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with defenseman Ian White

on a two-year, $5.75 million contract on Saturday.

The 27-year-old White will get a chance to fill the void on the

Red Wings’ power play created by the retirement of defenseman Brian

Rafalski.

”Ian is a skilled defenseman, who makes tape-to-tape passes and

competes hard with a good hockey sense,” Red Wings general manager

Ken Holland said Saturday, the second day of NHL free agency. ”He

can play on point on power play and gives us a right-handed

shot.”

White has 36 goals and 143 points in 401 NHL games with San

Jose, Carolina, Calgary and Toronto. The native of Manitoba had

nine points in 17 postseason games with the Sharks last season in

his first playoff appearance.

Detroit has retained defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan

Ericsson along with forwards Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller this

offseason.

The Red Wings signed defenseman Mike Commodore on Friday.

”Now that we have White, we feel really good about our depth on

defense,” Holland said.

Detroit might not make another major move this offseason, but

Holland does have to sign a backup goaltender – perhaps Chris

Osgood – and decide whether to bring back forward Kris Draper.