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Ryan White excels in Wild debut

Forward has goal, assist in Minnesota's win against Kings; Martin Hanzal held without point after trade from Coyotes

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Forward Ryan White made his Minnesota Wild debut and had one goal and one assist in a 5-4 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

White, along with center Martin Hanzal and a conditional fourth-round pick at the 2017 NHL Draft, were traded to the Wild by the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday for a first-round pick in 2017, a second-round pick in 2018, a conditional pick in 2019, along with forward Grayson Downing.

"It's an easy team to jump into," White said. "A veteran group in here. I just came in and went about my business today, and the guys have been helping me out all day since I've been here. They were ready to go tonight, so I just tried to jump on the bandwagon."

Video: LAK@MIN: White pots redirect to score in Wild debut

With Parise and Pominville out because of an illness, White played on the top line with Nino Niederreiter and Eric Staal. He received 9:58 of ice time.

"I had to take a double check for sure [if I was really on the top line]. I haven't seen that too many times in my career," White said with a laugh. "I was definitely excited. It gave me a little kick in the [butt] to get myself going. It was special playing with those two guys tonight. It was nice to get rewarded with them."

Staal said White's energy and tenacity made him a great linemate.

"He was pumped, had a lot of energy," Staal said. "For just joining us, I thought he played a strong game and stuck to his game, which is getting to the net and being strong on the forecheck. It was fun and he's going to be a good addition to this group."

White, 28, had 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and 70 penalty minutes in 46 games for Arizona this season. A third-round pick (No. 66) by the Montreal Canadiens in 2006, he has 29 goals and 29 assists in 294 regular-season games in eight seasons with the Coyotes, Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.

Hanzal, wearing No. 19 in honor of his daughter's birthday, not necessarily a nod to former teammate Shane Doan, also played his first game with the Wild. He had two shots and five hits in 16:43.

"It was new. I've never been traded before, so it was something new," Hanzal said. "I knew I had to flip the page and start a new chapter. That's what I was thinking in my head … just forget whatever it was yesterday or two weeks ago. This is my team right now and I'm going to fight for my team. I'm just trying to focus on this team right now."

Hanzal was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (No. 17) of the 2005 draft and had played his entire career until now in Arizona. He is in the final year of a five-year, $15.5 million contract worth an average annual value of $3.1 million, according to He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

He led Arizona with 16 goals, and has 26 points in 51 games this season. Hanzal has 117 goals and 196 assists in 608 regular-season games in 10 seasons, all with the Coyotes.

"I'm really excited," Hanzal said. "I said it before I got here, I'm looking forward to [being] on the winning team, and this is one of the best teams in the West. I'm very glad I can be part of it and hopefully we're going to have a good run."

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