Warning: Hockey Talk
So it seems that the San Jose Sharks have finally added that long sought after defense-man. I don’t know anything about Ian White except the fact that he plays defense (and I didn’t even really know that until today… when I first heard his name as a rumor I went to google and searched for him and the first site I went to said he was a forward, but hey, at least it accurately identified him as playing for Carolina.
White doesn’t appear to be the shut down guy we wanted, but according to that article linked to above he can handle his defensive responsibilities reasonably well and has the potential to be a threat in the offensive zone as well since he apparently can has decent skating and puck handing skills. Is he Dan Boyle 2.0? I don’t know, but I do think that would be pretty cool, as long as he is not as prone to bad decision making, which is something that Boyle has been guilty of–the most obvious example is game three against Colorado in the Western Conference Quarterfinals last year when Boyle tried to clear the puck by using the boards behind the net but ended bouncing it off and Avs player and scoring the game winning goal for the other team, 51 seconds into overtime.
That was the biggest mental lapse/bad decision of Boyle’s time with the Sharks, but it is not the only example as I seem to remember him making several ill advised decisions throughout the current 2010-2011 season. Of course, Boyle has been playing a lot of minutes this year and it is highly likely that this has caused him a bit of fatigue and fatigue has a nasty habit of making morons out of us all, and if not morons then prone to poor decision making at the very least.
At any rate, San Jose finally acquired a defenseman, and hopefully White will turn out to be a good fit for the team. There might be some reason for concern about that, though, as the Sharks will be the third team he has played on this season, the previous two being Calgary and Carolina, and he hasn’t really had what anyone would consider a stellar season. But maybe it’s because he is karmically and cosmically cursed by the letter “C”, and since The San Jose Sharks has no “C” in it, White will come alive and be of tremendous help to a sub-par (despite their play as of late) blueline. I just hope he’s not cosmically cursed by the “K” sound because if he is, the Sharks are in big trouble.