Canadiens Claim Ex-First-Round Pick, Reunite with GM

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Colin White off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins, replacing Brandon Gignac to reunite White with general manager Kent Hughes and potentially offer him a larger role due to team injuries, marking his fourth NHL team and a fresh start in his career.

The Montreal Canadiens just snagged Colin White off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. To make room, they’ve sent Brandon Gignac packing to waivers. It’s a bit of a homecoming for White, with Kent Hughes—once his agent, now a big shot in the team—pulling the strings.

White’s now on his way to his fourth NHL team. Before this, he played 11 games with the Penguins. The 27-year-old center inked a one-year deal with them before the season kicked off, thanks to impressing on a professional try-out. Yet, all his scoring action happened in the AHL, notching 10 points in 21 games.

He’s been on a bit of a rollercoaster. Drafted 21st overall in 2015, White quickly showed promise with 76 points in 72 games at Boston College. His rookie season? Solid, with 14 goals and 41 points. But since then, it’s been a struggle to hit those highs again.

Now, he’s stepping into Montreal’s lineup, taking over from Gignac. With a couple of players injured, White might just get more ice time. And with a game against the Penguins on Thursday, it’s set up perfectly for a bit of sweet revenge.

The Canadiens are also bringing Michael Pezzetta up to the big leagues, just in case White needs a bit more time to settle in. Either way, he’s on a mission to notch his first point of the season—and of his Canadiens career.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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