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Ryan White wants to prove he can play a full season

Ryan White, Erik Gudbranson

Florida Panthers’ Erik Gudbranson and Montreal Canadiens’ Ryan White square off during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)


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.