Todd White as our Bottom Pair Defenseman? I hope you jest.
White, though, spent some time in a red defenseman’s jersey during today’s practice. He’s a lefthanded shot, and the Rangers are looking for help on the left side of their third defensive pair. Tortorella described the bottom of the blue-line roster as “a fluid situation” today. Is it possible that White might be called on to convert from forward at this stage of his career? He’s been a solid two-way center over time, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. We’ll find out more tomorrow, to be sure.
This has to be a joke... Gilroy converted to defense when he was 20 and is still adapting to the position. You're telling me that a 35 year old forward coming off of an injury filled season will be able to play defense and not be a liability?
Big deal. So theyre seeing if he's completely lost or if they could use him on the PP on the point. The more versatile he is, the better chance he will either crack this lineup or find himself a job with another team.
Doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Would rather see a young-buck go through some growing pains this year at that position than gamble on a dinosaur who I feel deserves to be in Hartford. And I don't really dislike White either. I think we have better alternatives than him.