The Blues have always had a thing for journeyman players, and this year Doug Armstrong's filling that fetish with Colin White. White, who has played for both the New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks, is a two time Stanley Cup champion who could bring some weight in that department to the locker room.
White, who has 869 penalty minutes in 797 games, will be wearing Cam Janssen's old #55. The reason behind the invite's unclear; with Taylor Chorney and Jeff Woywitka as the presumable call-up and 7th defeneseman respectively, White would be hard pressed to crack the lineup. Still, his veteran presence on the ice would be helpful in getting the Blues going at camp and keeping the energy level and seriousness up. As Hitchcock said to Dan O'Neill:
"The first half energy was good today and second half … we let our foot off the gas a little bit, so we'll get back after it," he said. "I think the guys are really looking forward to scrimmaging tomorrow night."
Hitchcock made it known to the right people that the pace needs to pick up.
"It was quietly addressed today, so we'll pick it up," Hitchcock said. "There were too many smiles, we got to get rid of some of the smiles. Talk to the right people and faces change."
White should be able to help with that.
#5 / San Jose Sharks
Dec 12, 1977