Like chum in water the San Jose Sharks swooped in and gobbled up New Jersey Devils cast off Colin White. Many, including myself expected White to retire in a Devils sweater but in a surprising turn of events the Devils waived then bought out their longest tenured defenseman.
Once the buy out was official it didn’t take long for the 12-year vet to find a new home. The Sharks, in need of some additional toughness and veteran presence on the blue line inked the former Devil to a more affordable one-year, $1 million deal.
White was supposed to make $3 million in the final season of his contract with the Devils. New Jersey will be charged $1 million against the cap each of the next two seasons for buying out White’s contract.
The 33-year old was drafted 46th overall in 1996 by the Devils. White grew up in the Devils organization playing for the teams AHL affiliate in Albany and was a member of two Stanley Cup winners in 2000 and 2003.
With White in San Jose, Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias are the only remaining players on the Devils roster with a Stanley Cup ring.
Knowing President and GM Lou Lamoriello’s penchant for bringing back former alumni, it’s possible White may still retire as a Devil. But for at least next season White will patrol the murky waters of San Jose as a Shark.
While I agree with the decision to cut ties with an aging defenseman and his bloated salary, I still feel a bit like a jealous ex-husband. You know,the one that sees his ex-wife with a new guy for the first time. While he’s glad they’re not together it still awkward to see her with somebody else.
The same could be said about Colin White. I’m glad he is gone, but it’s still going to be strange to see him in another uniform.
New Jersey now has nearly $6 million in cap room. It’s likely Lamoriello is not done tinkering with the line-up. Plus, White’s departure leaves his jersey number 5 open for first round draft pick Adam Larsson to take ownership of. Every cloud has a silver lining.
Is it October yet?
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