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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Todd White’s future as a Ranger is in doubt after coach John Tortorella admitted last night that he doesn’t know exactly how to use the 35-year-old center who was acquired this summer from Atlanta in exchange for over-35 cap albatross Donald Brashear and minor leaguer Patrick Rissmiller.
“I’ve got to figure out exactly what I’m going to do with Todd White,” Tortorella said before the Rangers’ 3-1 Garden victory over the Devils for which the veteran was scratched in favor of 26-year-old, fourth-line call-up Jeremy Williams, who got 3:43 of ice. “I don’t have him in a spot where I’m certainly giving him a fair chance to show me what he has.
“I don’t know what he is as a player. It really isn’t fair to him. I don’t think he has a ton of confidence in his play and I have a lot to do with that as far as the spots I’ve put him in and how I’ve spotted him in certain areas.
“I’m concerned about his speed and I’ve talked to him about that. But I don’t think I’ve given him a fair shake.”
For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.
By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.
They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.
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via Michael Russo tweet,
According to sources, #Thrashers center Todd White has been traded to the #nyrangers.
added 9:03am, via Chris Vivlamore tweet,
Thrashers trade for Patrick Rissmiller and Donald Brashear.
added 9:23am, Another tweet by Chris Vivlamore,
Thrashers put Brashear on waivers and will buy out remainder of $1.4 million contract.