Enjoying Wild ride

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

ST. PAUL, MINN. -- Todd White won't seek any revenge tonight.

Even though being dealt by the Senators to the Minnesota Wild last summer was disappointing, the Ottawa native claims he's moved on.

White says he's focused on his new life with his new team, which sits nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"This has been different. That's for sure," White told the Sun. "It was disappointing ... because I went from a team that felt like it was pretty close to winning a Stanley Cup to a team that is trying to build to get there.

"But I look at this team and I think it's a lot like Ottawa in those early days of the Senators where they're building to get there.

"This is a team that is going in the right direction. They've got a lot of young players and they're going to build around those guys to give themselves a chance to win a Stanley Cup. That's promising. This has been fun."

It wasn't that White wore out his welcome in Ottawa. It was more about Senators GM John Muckler deciding it was time to go in a direction that didn't include the 30-year-old.

With coach Bryan Murray taking over from the departed Jacques Martin, the Senators were looking for a roster facelift.

Along with White, centre Radek Bonk, netminder Patrick Lalime and defenceman Curtis Leschyshyn were all shipped out.

White, however, was just happy he found a team that wanted him. He didn't play any hockey during the lockout, was a restricted free agent and saw his production slip during the 2003-04 season because of injuries.

"I really wasn't sure what was going to happen to me," said White. "I was quite happy playing in my home town. I loved it and it was a great opportunity because I really got the chance to become a regular in the NHL while I was there. It was fun for me.

"At the same time, I knew the possibility existed that I might not be there anymore. The organization wanted to go in a different direction and they wanted to make changes. But this has been good for me. This city is about the same size as Ottawa and I'm feeling comfortable here.

"This is a great place to play hockey."


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