The Vancouver Canucks have added an intriguing name, signing former Minnesota Wild center Ryan White to a professional tryout.
#Canucks have signed Ryan White to a PTO.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) August 29, 2017
White will likely get an invite to training camp with the Canucks, with the chance to win a spot on the team’s roster for the upcoming season if he can impress new head coach Travis Green.
White was drafted in the third round by the Montreal Canadiens in 2006 and made his debut in the NHL in the 2009-10 season at the age of 21. He played 16 games for the Canadiens that season, dishing out two assists and finishing with 11 minutes of ice time per game. White played sparingly with Montreal for five seasons before moving on to play a slightly more prominent role with the Philadelphia Flyers for two seasons.
In July 2016, White signed as a free agent with the Arizona Coyotes. He played 46 games with Arizona before being traded to the Wild in February and finished the season in a minor role on the team.
The Canucks in 2016-17 failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season and for the third time in four years. Vancouver has not won a playoff series since the 2010-11 season, when it advanced to the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins but lost a heartbreaking Game 7.
Since then, the Canucks have parted ways with former head coach Alain Vigneault, brought in John Tortorella for one season and played under Willie Desjardins for three years before hiring Green in April.