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Ryan White wants to prove he can play a full season

Jun 26, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

Ryan White, Erik Gudbranson AP

The Montreal Canadiens didn’t take an enormous risk by handing rugged forward Ryan White a one-year, $687,500 deal. Still, it did require a bit of a leap of faith because injuries limited him to just 20 games played last season. White told Abe Hefter that he’s excited to get a chance to prove that he can stay healthy and contribute.

“It feels great,” White said. “I’m excited to be back with the Montreal Canadiens.  It’s another opportunity to show what I can do. “I want to have a good showing this year and play 80 games — show everyone I can do it.”

At least he’s keeping his goals more reasonable by assuming he’ll miss two out of 82 games, eh? All kidding aside, White is getting an opportunity to impress a new coaching staff and front office headed by first-time GM Marc Bergevin. Considering his modest resume – he has two goals in his career, all from the 2010-11 season – he has to be thanking his lucky stars that his chance is coming in a familiar situation.

Now he just needs to be lucky enough injury-wise to give a real shot.

  1. Bobcat IRL - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    As a Habs fan, I hope he can follow through. He plays with a lot of guts and he’s the kind of 4th line player that every team wants.

  2. cowboyscanada - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I love White’s passion for the game. He has a lot of guts and the Cdns need more guys like him!
    Ik remember a game last year where a player from another team touched Price,,,,White made him pay! Good luck this year White!

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