Updated: Thrashers trade White to Rangers

The Thrashers traded forward Todd White to the New York Rangers on Monday in exchange for forwards Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller. The Thrashers placed Brashear on waivers and intend to buyout the remaining $1.3 million on his contract.

White will make $2.6 million this season, the final of a four-year deal work a total of $9.5 million he signed with the Thrashers.

“I’m excited to be going to New York,” White told me. “It’s a great opportunity and a great team and I think I can add a lot.”

It was an injury-plagued season for White, who missed the last eight games of the season and underwent surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum. He also suffered two knee dislocations during the season. In 65 games, he had 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists).

“I enjoyed by time in Atlanta,” White said. “My kids were sad to find out today we wouldn’t be going back. The team is moving in the right direction and I’m a little disappointed I won’t be a part of it. I’m ready to move on (from the injuries) and help the Rangers win.”

Brashear  had one assist last season in 36 games with the Rangers. With the buyout, the Thrashers will pay two-thirds of Brashear’s contract over two years (twice the years remaining). They will pay him a total of $866,000. Including a $200,000 signing bonus (paid by the Rangers), the salary cap hit for the Thrashers will be $533,000 next season and $433,000 in 2011-12.

Rissmiller played last season in the AHL with Hartford and Grand Rapids. In 63 games for Grand Rapids, he had 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists). He is due $1 million. He has appeared in 182 NHL games with San Jose and the Rangers, including the entire 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons with the Sharks. His NHL totals include 18 goals and 27 assists.

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Sara

August 2nd, 2010
9:17 am

According to Ben Wright, Brashear is going straight to waivers and will be bought out if he clears. Moving White just frees up a center spot likely for Cormier and the extra $$ hopefully can secure another forward ie Mad Max.

Francis the Friend

August 2nd, 2010
9:22 am

White, though loathed across the comment sections was (minus injuries obviously) a decent center. This move is amazing because Cormier should have a spot, more money, and another solid AHL type with experiece to throw in with the rest of our young and talented system. Rick Dudley has been the best GM in the city ALREADY since John Sherhoultz called it quits. Gotta love what he’s doing. I wish White luck in NY. But the Thrash will be a force to be reckoned with

Besides… We dont need Brashear. I’d take Akim Aliu any day for much cheaper

Russian

August 2nd, 2010
9:23 am

I like to move White. I do not like our returns. But Deal is Deal and I hope it willbe work it out in Future.

FormerIslesFan

August 2nd, 2010
9:23 am

Really like this move. The buyout of Brashear is a lot less expensive than the buyout of White and accomplishes the same thing in freeing up a roster space. So, that’s a wash with a money savings. I don’t know anything about Rissmiller, but even if he turns out to be “bag of pucks” we still got the better end of this deal.

For The Record

August 2nd, 2010
9:27 am

Any deal that sends White somewhere else is a good deal.

Telfo

August 2nd, 2010
9:27 am

love it, we couldnt buyout White because of his injury, getting Brashear basically accomplishes the same goal

chief of smoke

August 2nd, 2010
9:28 am

Good move. I would rather have gotten draft choices but we had help them with their cap situation

It looks like Dudley plans to bring up some young blood for our 3rd line to play with Ladd

We have plenty of Fourth liners with Slater, Thornburn, Boulton, Eager

rob

August 2nd, 2010
9:46 am

Awesome move! The one lone Todd White fan here will cry but this was needed. NYR fans are talking about White like he is a top line center……. AHHHHH HAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAA

Flagstaff

August 2nd, 2010
9:46 am

…And there was much rejoicing.

five hole

August 2nd, 2010
9:47 am

First Natalie Taylor and now White? That’s what I call cleaning house!

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
9:50 am

Good move by Duds to effectively buy-out White, but for much less money. I think we end up saving about $800 k over two years if Brashear doesn’t get claimed…and I doubt he will.

Now does this mean we go out and sign Matthew Lombardi? We can now afford to sign him for $3-3.5 M or bring Max back for mid $2s.

Chief – look for Freddie Pettersson and Machacek to get long, hard looks in camp for the 3rd line RW position. Perhaps even Klingberg, but I think he’s another year away.

Toby

August 2nd, 2010
9:54 am

lol @ Five hole.

Great move. I say we trade with a cap heavy team (Calgary, Philly, Rags, Chicago, NJ etc….). Thorburn for scoring.

Putting On The Foil

August 2nd, 2010
9:57 am

kracker

August 2nd, 2010
9:59 am

Looks I’m caught in the spam filter. Let me try adding it here…

Rob et.al – White might do ok with the Rags if he’s healthy. He played w/ Gabby in MN. I can’t really wish him well now cause he’s on a conference foe.

Good salary dump by both teams + we have another big guy providing competition in camp and injury insurance. Rissmiller played a lot of AHL the last two seasons. Can anyone confirm he’s on a two-way?

Billbert

August 2nd, 2010
10:01 am

Good move – the key factor in this trade? “White will make $2.6 million this season.”

RangersSteven

August 2nd, 2010
10:01 am

I think Rissmiller makes like $1 mil a year for at least 1, maybe 2 more years. Thus, it may be almost an even salary move – White’s $2.6 for Brashear’s and Rissmiller’s – around $2.4. Rissmiller actually is a big guy, more of third line, fourth line guy, who never got a shot with the Rangers. Sounds like a good move for both teams.

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
10:09 am

Rismiller has one year left at $1 M. He’s got a one-way contract and we’ll have to pay him the Full Monty if he plays for the Wolves; in other words, his salary is $1 M no matter what. He’d also have to clear waivers I presume so he may be our 14th forward…Boulton being 13?

FormerIslesFan

August 2nd, 2010
10:15 am

I’m having fun feeding the Trolls on the NYR hockeybuzz boards if anyone wants to join me: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/boards/thread.php?thread_id=79286&post_id=5362230#5362230

RangersSteven

August 2nd, 2010
10:16 am

One more thing. Brashear, whether he is bought out or put in the minors, counts against the cap – he was signed when he was 35 or over; whereas, White, was signed when he was under 35, he can be sent down and not count against the cap. Both of these guys were spare parts with no shot to play for the Rangers – this is why Ranger fans are shocked that someone took these two pieces of ____ for someone who might actually play.

Nate

August 2nd, 2010
10:21 am

And there was much rejoicing and singing of praise for the albatross that is Todd White had been sent out of town. And the fans stood back and took a look at Dudley’s work and said, “it is good.”

Grant

August 2nd, 2010
10:28 am

@ Smoothie: Lombardi has been off the market for weeks. He signed with the Preds genius. Wow… Such Knowledgeable hockey fans in the ATL… This is why the NHL failed here before & is failing here again.

Smoothie

August 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

Grant – you’re probably just some smarmy troll, but a man is allowed to forget something from time to time isn’t he? Funny how there are so many experts when someone makes a little oversight. The rest of the points stand. We now have more flexibility to make another move.

In your deep well of wisdom Grant, what do you see us doing? Or do you just plan to make snarky and picky comments when someone types something wrong?

Zombie Steve

August 2nd, 2010
10:39 am

ughh…..I absolutely loath Brashear. Get that thug off our team quickly, please.

Savannah Blueland Fan

August 2nd, 2010
10:41 am

I would like to take a moment to address the NYRanger fans: SUCKERS!!!!

Not Blind

August 2nd, 2010
10:47 am

I remember Brasheer from 4 or 5 years ago with the Caps being an effective player.

For The Record

August 2nd, 2010
10:47 am

For those Rangers fans who are shocked that we took 2 pieces of ______ off their hands…It’s worth reminding that there are varying degrees of ______. A worse degree of ______ is one with a $2.4M cap hit that produced 7 G and 19 A with a minus-11 in 65 games last yr BEFORE shoulder surgery. That is the kind of ______ you don’t want to wake up and find has been flushed to YOUR team.

Sage of Bluesland

August 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

Francis the Friend: Ever heard of Thomas Dimitroff?

RangersSteven

August 2nd, 2010
10:54 am

For the Record – if White is he is a piece of ___ he can be put in the minors and does NOT count against the cap, Brashear’s $1.4 mil, probably a bit less with a buyout, counts against the cap not matter what – he was signed when he was over 35. This is a move dictated by the CBA. If White sucks, so be it – we already know that Brashear does and Rissmiller was never really given a fair shake. I hope for your sake Dudley is better than Waddell. I can’t brag because Sather has sucked since he arrived in NY.

R. Stroz

August 2nd, 2010
11:08 am

Someone should inform our newly found New York friends that the Thrashers aren’t worried about the salary cap. We’re more concerned about the salary floor.

Besides, New York needs plenty of Charmin.

For The Record

August 2nd, 2010
11:13 am

The funny thing is there aren’t many Rangers fans talking about putting White in the minors. They’re talking about him like he’s the key missing “veteran” piece to a young team. I hope he does do well and sometimes a change of scenery does wonders. Dudley did us a solid one by opening up a spot on the roster that White was, well, occupying. So far Dudley has looked like the Anti-Waddell. That’s the difference between being able to accurately evaluate talent and price it accurately and having no clue about it.

Not Blind

August 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

Niemi out, Turco signed in Chicago

Zombie Steve

August 2nd, 2010
11:30 am

A change of scenery is sometimes all a player needs to get back on track (see Mad Max last year). I wish Charmin the best in NY… something tells me that NY just purchased a “lemon” though… =)

Spud Webb

August 2nd, 2010
11:42 am

THANK YOU LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wooooooooooooooooooooooo what a nice treat for Monday.

Midfield

August 2nd, 2010
11:50 am

Bogosian and Brasheer have reportedly arranged a meeting in the Hartsfield parking lot to reflect on good memories.

[...] As we now know, White will be winging his way to New York city to become a Blue Shirt and coming this way is Patrick Rissmiller, a 6-4, 215-pound winger who played primarily in the AHL last season. Long time NHL tough guy Donald Brashear was also part of the deal but, as Chris Vivlamore points out, the Thrashers have put Brashear on waivers and will buy out remainder of $1.4 million contract. [...]

Putting On The Foil

August 2nd, 2010
11:55 am

Rawhide is probably having a hard time typing his latest blog due to shaking with excitement at this news.

RangersSteven

August 2nd, 2010
12:21 pm

It is good for hockey that so many of us are discussing such a minor trade in Aug. Only 6 weeks or so to preseason hockey. I just ordered my home and away White Rangers jersey :) .

J-man

August 2nd, 2010
12:23 pm

Rissmiller played ENTIRELY in the AHL last season, not “primarily in the AHL last season”. He is 31 years old and last played in the NHL (2 games) in the 08-09 season. He worked his way down to the AHL after being an NHL regular (4th liner) for a few seasons. He’s on the decline. Just because he is big, that doesn’t mean he’s any good.

RangersSteven

August 2nd, 2010
12:37 pm

If any of you care, this is what Larry Brooks of the NYPOST has to say about the trade:

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/rangers/rangers_send_brashear_to_thrashers_ShL5HDh3yvemyx1ulT6iPN

Rissmiller is not a horrible hockey player, the Rangers are stocked full of 3rd and 4th line types like Rissmiller. He never got a fair shake with the Rangers.

For The Record

August 2nd, 2010
12:43 pm

I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this as a “minor” trade for fans of the 2 teams involved. If you polled Thrasher fans (before today) asking who they wanted gone from Blueland, it would’ve been an almost unanimous White outcome. Rangers fans are also ecstatic about dumping their two. If you’re anywhere else in the country, then it’s a non-event…But not here or there. I don’t think Dudley meant to add anything in this move as much as it’s addition by subtraction. It helps both clubs to some extent…But I still think it helps us more. Just because White will earn $2.6M this year and is recovering from shoulder surgery after the worst year of his career doesn’t mean he’s any good either…

Darkhorse

August 2nd, 2010
2:04 pm

At least you can tell Dudley has a plan and he’s not wasting much time getting to it. Whether the plan works remains to be seen. But he’s spending more time selling the clunkers on the used car lot to make room for the new dealership, than bringing in worn down inventory at cheap prices to fill the lot, as the old GM loved to do. Proactive, not reactive for a change.

Now if we can find a way to trade for an impact scoring forward, or sign maybe Max at the very least, we should be at least fairly happy after one offseason with the new GM.

Dwayne

August 2nd, 2010
2:36 pm

I know we “dumped” on Charmine a lot, but I wish him well. Just hope we do not have to listen to another person say “I’m glad to be going to a first class organization”.

MontyCobra

August 2nd, 2010
3:01 pm

And the Lord did grin. And the people did feast on the sloth, and carp, and fruit bats, and orangutans, and breakfast cereals…

TODD WHITE

August 2nd, 2010
4:06 pm

YOU WON’T HAVE TODD WHITE TO KICK AROUND ANYMORE.

Jimbo

August 2nd, 2010
4:38 pm

White was right up there with Stefan as one of the biggest duds that Donnie Boy signed. When the going got tough, he disappeared. Too bad that Brashear is over the hill. Few messed with him.

Midfield

August 2nd, 2010
5:07 pm

Todd White released the following statement: “I’m relieved and grateful to be going to the first class rehabilitation facilities.”

Milk Carton

August 2nd, 2010
6:12 pm

I miss Todd White already.

Brendan

August 2nd, 2010
6:14 pm

Wonder who’ll wind up “missing” on the Milk Carton this year?

Seriously, I wish Todd White well. I hope he can contribute something to the NY Rangers. This is addition by subtraction for us. It’s a good dump. For both teams, really. The best trades are the ones that help both clubs. This should free up the money to go get a better Center, hopefully.

Todd

August 2nd, 2010
6:34 pm

Thank you, Mrs. Loopner !

jake

August 2nd, 2010
7:09 pm

Don’t know anything about White personally — he may be a great guy — but he was useless as a Thrasher. Even if they got nothing for him, it would be addition by subtraction.