Penguins Waive Ex-First-Round Pick

The Penguins placed forward Colin White on waivers for assignment to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton due to his lack of points in recent games and the anticipated return of Noel Acciari, signaling a likely end to his tenure with the team as he approaches UFA status.

The Penguins made a move Wednesday, placing forward Colin White on waivers. It’s all about sending him down to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, according to Elliotte Friedman from Sportsnet.

White, who’s 27, hasn’t scored a single point in the 10 games since Pittsburgh called him up on Jan. 13. It’s been tough. The guy, who used to play for the Senators and Panthers, saw less than 10 minutes of ice time in his last couple of games. And with Noel Acciari gearing up to return from a concussion for tomorrow’s game against the Canadiens, White was probably gonna be benched anyway.

Back in 2015, White was a first-round pick. Fast forward, and he signs a PTO with the Penguins after Florida let him go post their 2023 Stanley Cup Final run. He had a decent training camp, good enough to snag a one-year, two-way deal. That contract? It’s worth $775K in the NHL and $500K in the minors. But, he didn’t make the opening night roster and found himself waived before the season even kicked off.

White stuck with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for over three months. His performance? Let’s just say it didn’t exactly set the world on fire. We’re talking five goals, 10 points, and a -2 rating across 21 games. This stint was his first AHL action since a one-game conditioning gig in the 2019-20 season. Before that, he was a regular fourth-liner for the Panthers last season.

Given how things are going, it doesn’t look great for White getting claimed off waivers. And, it’s even less likely that the Penguins will offer him an extension before he hits UFA status this summer. Despite the current situation, he’s still getting $875K a year from the Senators. That’s thanks to them buying out the last three seasons of his six-year, $28.5M contract in 2022. And that’ll keep going for the next four years.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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