The Philadelphia Flyers continue to add grit and toughness to their roster. Just a few days after signing defenceman Michael Del Zotto, the Flyers came to an agreement with free agent forward Ryan White.
The 26 year old, White signed a one year deal with the Flyers late last week. The amount of the contract has not yet been released.
Solid Fourth-Line Enforcer
White has spent his first five NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. Last season White accumulated just six points in 52 games with the Canadiens. These numbers are not surprising at all. White has never been a goal scorer. Instead of lighting it up on the score board, Ryan White chooses to use his fists to get things done. The fourth line enforcer tallied 50 penalty minutes this past season.
I believe this is an excellent signing for the Flyers. For many years, this team’s roster has been built on a foundation of grit and toughness. Ryan White will easily continue this trend and spend most of the season trying to carry the fourth line. This kid has explosive speed, exceptional faceoff skills and isn’t afraid to drop the gloves when required. He isn’t intimidated by anyone and uses his size and speed to antagonize his opponents. I’m sure it won’t take long for him to become a fan favorite in Philadelphia.
Ryan White and Zac Rinaldo will be the guys to take over Scott Hartnell’s roll. I believe White will get several opportunities on the powerplay and penalty kill units this season. I really hope that White will be given more ice time with his new team. He’s been known for taking stupid penalties, but perhaps with Philadelphia he’ll be able to decrease his penalty minutes and increase his ice time.
This kid has plenty of potential and will improve tremendously going forward. I’m confident he’ll be able to score at least 10 goals this season. I can’t wait to see what kind of an impact he’ll have for the Flyers.
And at a contract of just one year, this is a very low risk deal that will benefit both parties. With the addition of White, the Flyers now have a possible fourth line of Ryan White, Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill. This line would certainly intimidate any opponent. I really hope that this line gets put together at some point this season.