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A Few Quick Thoughts on Todd White

Rangerland woke up today as the team acquired 35-year-old center Todd White from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forwards Patrick Rissmiller and Donald Brashear.

On paper, this looks like one heckuva steal, especially considering that the Thrashers decided to buy out the remainder of Brashear’s contract and put him on waivers. In White, the Blueshirts get a player who can produce and provide secondary scoring to a team that severely lacks in that department.

Last season, White missed some time due to injury but put up 26 points in 65 games. Prior to last season, however, White had 73 points (22 goals and 51 assists) in 82 games.

As such, this is a player, when healthy, that should be able to put up in upwards of 50 points and take some of the pressure off guys like Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal.

What do you folks think of the deal?

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I think its hard not to like it from the Rangers perspective.  I mean White’s only one year removed from a great season and at worst he can play in the bottom six while getting rid of the frightening 35+ contract that is Donald Brashear and a minor leaguer.  I’m still trying to find the upside for Atlanta, save some cap space I guess but was White really that pitiful last year that his worth become a cap saving of $1M on a team barely at the cap floor.  Just seems like a very strange move on their part unless they think Rissmiller is bringing something to the team.

Posted by JBM on 08/02/10 at 02:55 PM ET

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Two thoughts/concerns for the Rangers on this move:

- Does this expose them to an offer sheet for Staal now?
- Does it eliminate the possibility of Zuccarello-Aasen making the lineup?

With Zuccarello-Aasen as part of the roster (and with White’s addition), the Rangers are up against the cap now.  I guess maybe this also intensifies the push to send Rozsival and his cap hit to the minors for the year to create the flexibility they need.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 08/02/10 at 03:09 PM ET

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