It’s a hard reality of team sports. It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how good a teammate, in the end production counts and Ryan White simply didn’t produce enough to move Marc Bergevin to offer another contract. White was due to become a restricted free agent on July first. The Canadiens didn’t make a qualifying offer, freeing him to sign with any other team.
Thursday White signed a one-year two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Over five seasons White played in 141 regular season games with the Canadiens scoring 5 goals and 17 points. . In 52 games last season he had two goals and four assists. He missed 15 games with an arm injury was a healthy scratch for five of the last 15 games and did not play at all during the Canadiens seventeen game playoff run and has just one goal in ten playoff games. On the positive side of White’s game was based on his grittiness and willingness to stand up for his teammates. The negatives included his lack of speed on a team that values it and a penchant to take penalties at inopportune times.
Of the thirty six players who were in at least one game for the Canadiens last season, seven became unrestricted free agents. Only three have signed NHL-related contracts: Brian Gionta (Buffalo) plus White and Mike Blunden who signed have two-way one year deals. Blunden signed with Tampa on the opening day of free agency. Forward George Parros plus defensemen Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon remain unsigned although there are reports the Canadiens may or, already have offered a contract to Bouillon. Signing with European teams were centres Martin St. Pierre (KHL-Zagreb) and Joonas Nattinen (MODO-Sweden). On recall from Hamilton Blunden play in seven Canadiens games; St. Pierre and Nattinen were in one game each.