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.