The rumor mill had been churning at an epic rate for quite some time now, and the moment Shark fans were waiting for arrived Friday.
Ian White was traded to the Sharks in exchange for their 2012 second-round draft pick, instantly filling a need.
The Ian White trade has brought the Sharks a very good offensive defenceman at a very good price. With the severity of the injury sustained by Marc-Edouard Vlasic still unknown, this was a brilliant trade.
The acquisition of the 26-year-old defencemen helps fill the void in minutes left by Rob Blake, and provides a boost in offense. He has a very good first pass and is a decent skater with relatively good wheels. He will help move the puck consistently against the forecheck and is defensively sound.
Ian White had 10 points in 39 games with the Hurricanes this season after being traded from Calgary for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos.
White is perfectly suited in the second pairing and could provide an interesting dynamic when coupled with Vlasic. While the extent of Vlasic’s injury is not yet fully known, White can fill his shoes should Vlasic miss any significant time.
Here are the highlights, key points and projected impact of the first trade of the Sharks' season.