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Sharks sign Stanley Cup-winning defenceman Colin White after Devils waive him

Wednesday, 08.03.2011 / 4:08 PM / News

The Canadian Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks made another off-season move to bolster their defence, signing veteran Colin White to a one-year contract Wednesday a day after he was waived by New Jersey.

The Devils bought out the final year of White's contract on Tuesday in a move that he had been expecting since the end of last season. He didn't take long to find a new home.

"This was a no-brainer for us," said White. "We looked at their last couple of seasons. We looked at their acquisitions this year. I thought it was a good veteran group."

The Sharks made it to the Western Conference final for the second straight year this past season, losing to Vancouver in five games.

General manager Doug Wilson was not satisfied and traded with Minnesota for all-star defenceman Brent Burns in June and signed free agent defenceman James Vandermeer last month.

The addition of the 33-year-old White gives the Sharks another physical defenceman to add to a group that already includes big hitter Douglas Murray, puck mover Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and youngsters Jason Demers and Justin Braun.

"Colin is a tough, veteran defenceman with two Stanley Cups on his resume," Wilson said. "He plays a physical style of hockey and is an excellent penalty killer who is known for his strong leadership qualities. You can never have enough quality defencemen."

White had 109 hits in 69 games last season and played nearly three minutes per game short-handed. He had no goals and six assists.

White has scored just 20 goals in 743 career games with New Jersey, but he adds another physical player who is strong on the penalty kill. The Sharks ranked 24th in the league on the penalty kill last season and upgrading that unit was a priority this summer.

White also comes with championship experience, having helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup as a rookie in 2000 and again in 2003. He has played 111 career post-season games.

"I'm not going to have to go in and do anything special," he said. "I'll just come in and play my game, help them on the penalty kill and complement the veteran group that is already there. ... I think they're a great blue-line. The teams that I was on that were Stanley Cup teams, we had a big defence that was a physical presence back there. I see a lot of similarities."

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