New Sharks defenseman Ian White didn’t arrive in San Jose on time for the morning skate. He barely had time to unpack and take care of some small matters at hand before arriving at HP Pavilion. So, he missed the standard afternoon nap. No problem for White as he’s simply ready to play for the Sharks.
“Last year (with a previous trade) I had four hours to pack up, I had an evening this time,” White said. “I left at 8:30 and got in about 2:30. Just grab the gear, unpack, grab some lunch and basically come down here. It’s all right. You don’t need a nap on a day like today.”
White may not know the details of how the Sharks operate, but he said he planned to jump in with both feet.
“I expect to be fully involved. We’re at a time and place in the season where you can’t take any time to feel your way into the system,” White said. “It’s a very tight conference and we need to put the pedal down and get wins right away. I just want to help the team win games and they feel I’m a piece of their puzzle going forward. I’m here to work hard and do a good job on the ice.”
Arriving at HP Pavilion at 5 p.m., White planned to quickly meet with Coach Todd McLellan and his staff for a strategy session.
“The coaches will brief me on the systems,” White said. “We have a couple hours here and we’ll go over the X’s and O’s.”
With players such as Dan Boyle
, Joe Thornton
, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau
on the team, White isn’t being called in to be a power play savior, yet the plans are for him to help the group.
“It would be a lot tougher if you were counted on to turn things around,” White said. “I’m just a piece that will help fill in. It’s definitely something I’m looking forward to. It makes it a lot easier when you have the likes of guys like that working for you instead of against you. It will be a lot of fun to play with them.”
When White entered the dressing room, he was excited to see some familiar faces, such as Kyle Wellwood (Toronto) and Jamal Mayers (Calgary).
“It always makes it easy having some familiar faces from past experiences,” White said. “It’s going to be fun to see them again.”