Admirals Sign Ian White to PTO Contract

The Milwaukee Admirals have officially added veteran defenseman Ian White on a PTO contract. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Milwaukee Admirals have officially added veteran defenseman Ian White on a PTO contract. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After some ramblings on Twitter in regards to this roster move taking place it is now official. The Milwaukee Admirals have signed veteran defenseman Ian White to a professional try-out contract (PTO).

Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:

The Admirals have announced today that they have signed veteran defenceman Ian White to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

Ian White is an NHL veteran with over 500 games and (45-134) 179 points. He was drafted in 2002 by the Toronto Maple Leafs and made his NHL debut in 2005. He has also played for the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose Sharks, and most recently the Detroit Red Wings during the 2012-2013 season.This season he has one goal and two assists with the Providence Bruins.

The Milwaukee Admirals next game is against the Lake Erie Monsters on Thursday night in Cleveland and the Admirals return to play their next home game on Friday December 26th against Chicago at 7pm.

This move not only adds a veteran presence to the team but a well-needed right handed shot to the Admirals defense. Keep in mind, of all that has been rolled out this season, only Taylor Aronson has a right shot from the Admirals blue line.

White hasn’t played too many games these last few seasons. During the lockout season of 2012-13 he played 25 games for the Detroit Red Wings and then only 10 games for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL last season. He is coming fresh off of a nice PTO stint with the Providence Bruins though: 9 games, 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists), 4 penalty minutes, and a plus/minus of -3.

He should be taking part in tomorrow night’s contest when the Admirals scrap with the Lake Erie Monsters. By doing so it would be his 155th career appearance in the AHL. White already has 503 career games of NHL playing experience.

Thoughts on the addition of Ian White? What are your impressions of the Admirals signing a veteran defenseman? What impact can he have and what does it mean for the younger defenseman that will be losing a spot in his place?

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3 thoughts on “Admirals Sign Ian White to PTO Contract”

  1. I’m always excited when an NHL veteran of some substance joins the Admirals, and Ian White certainly fits that billing. Plus Milwaukee is really light on veteran leadership overall, so his addition should help there. Plus, the Admirals could really use some assistance of any sort to try to drag themselves out of this current funk.

    Hopefully last night’s effort was the beginning of the turn around rather than just a blip on the radar. Milwaukee is simply too good a team to be playing this poorly. Certainly getting out on extended road trip is a good thing for the Admirals. Often when a team is struggling, a long road trip can work wonders. Scott Ford was always a big proponent of that.

    White was a player that overachieved early in career and seemed to underwhelm later, but has a solid pedigree. Perhaps a “white out” should be in order when he returns to the BMO Harris Bank Bradley Center?

  2. I wonder if this move was inspired by the Predators, Joe Piskula looks like the only thing close to a emergency callup and he’s only one injury away after Volchenkov went down last night. I think Bitetto and Alm may be close but the rest of the pack needs lots of seasoning. White at least gives them one more veteran at a phone call’s notice.

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