Detroit is buffing up on the blueline. Just a day after signing former Blue Jacket Mike Commodore the Red Wings have now signed Ian White.
White played for three different teams during the 2010-11 NHL season: Calgary Flames (16 games with 2 goals 4 assist), the Carolina Hurricanes (39 games with 10 assist), and the San Jose Sharks ( 23 regular season games with 2 goals and 8 assist along with 17 playoff games with 1 goal and 8 assist). Total White played in 78 regular season games and tallied 26 points in that time frame with a journeyman’s year with a wife at home with one child and one on the way.
Now lets see what he can do when his personal and professional life are stable for at least two-years.
Time to take a look at the current 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings defense…
Nicklas Lidstrom / Niklas Kronwall
Brad Stuart / Ian White
Mike Commadore / Jonathan Eric$$on
Jakub Kindl / a possible 8th defenseman being either Brendan Smith signing Sami Lepisto (no rumors or inside information just my personal feelings and thoughts on the recent Olympic (bronze) and World Champion (gold) medalist.
The last line of defense is where I am most worried…
Jimmy Howard is the only goalie set to play for the Red Wings next season. We all know that that is not going to happen; but with seeing everyone from Tomas Vokoun, Mike Smith, and even Jean-Sebastien Giguere leaving the UFA market and signed to contracts that leaves former Red Wing Ty Conklin and Mr. I-Can’t-Win-At-The-Joe Marty Turco as the best UFA’s.
Maybe there is a trade in the works for a goalie… just maybe Jiri Hudler is up for grabs. It may seem far fetched but the Toronto Maple Leafs did trade Brett Lebda to the Nashville Predators today so anything is possible.