Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/13/13 at 07:38 AM ET
from Melissa Martin of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The off-season was a rough one, as the plunging salary cap choked the free agent market and left many battle-worn NHL journeymen hunting for work. A bunch of them still are.
While that was going on, White retreated to his family's off-season home in Kenora. He tucked offers from Europe into his back pocket and waited, if a little nervously.
"Getting closer to camp, it seemed like there was hardly anyone being signed," he said. "The cap going down threw a big monkey wrench into everyone's plans."
So now, for a veteran of five NHL teams and 503 regular-season games, a new plan: White will battle to make the cut. The Jets have 18 blue-liners in camp, with seven on one-way NHL contracts already and few spots up for grabs. There's also Zach Redmond, who appeared to solidly install himself with the big club before his horrific leg injury last season and talented youngsters Jacob Trouba and Julian Melchiori will push for their NHL chance.
A pro, though, can't get caught up worrying about all of that.
more inlcuding a few thoughts on his time with the Wings last season...
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