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
”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
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
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.