[NJD] Trent Hunter and Colin White(Update: White signs with Sharks)
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08-02-2011, 10:38 AM
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Agreed, this is either something that Gauthier is interested in and acts on decisively or not. Risking the unpredictability of waivers twice is not a smart move no matter what the potential for dollar savings.
Given that White is on waivers and was presumably advertised beforehand I think it is safe to say that Gauthier has taken a pass on this opportunity.
Having said that PG will probably pick him up later in the year for a second round draft pick.
I have essentially no hope that Gauthier actually will claim him. Whatever plan Gauthier has - whether he had a camp invite leftover in mind, or another UFA, or is truly just content with the mix he has - I don't see White intruding on his plans. Who knows. I'd sure go for White. But as you say, if every team passed on trading a 7th rounder for him, then I would guesstimate that every team is going to pass on him on waivers too. (Unless White was blocking things with an NTC, say).
I'm not entirely sure why his value is so low. I don't watch him closely, of course, but I haven't found myself saying in the games I do see, "wow, White sure has lost it and looks like a pylon out there." Which does happen frequently enough to players of his type at around his age. Yet he seems like mostly the same player for the past few years? I'd like him better if he had some of the old aggression he showed as a junior, I remember watching those teams live in my Q days... never actually thought he'd make the NHL, but for sure would never have thought he'd make it while reining in his tough side to boot.
Well, if he does pass waivers, I'd add him to my small list of guys I'd like to see the team sign. Still just a 1-year offer, though.
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