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Detroit Red Wings sign veteran defenceman Ian White to two-year contract

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with defenceman Ian White on a two-year, US$5.75-million contract Saturday.

White, 27, will get a chance to fill the void on the Red Wings' power play created by the retirement of defenceman Brian Rafalski.

"Ian is a skilled defenceman, who makes tape-to-tape passes and competes hard with a good hockey sense," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Saturday, the second day of NHL free agency. "He can play on point on power play and gives us a right-handed shot."

White has 36 goals and 143 points in 401 NHL games with San Jose, Carolina, Calgary and Toronto. He had nine points in 17 post-season games with the Sharks last season in his first playoff appearance.

Detroit has retained defencemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson along with forwards Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller this off-season.

The Red Wings signed defenceman Mike Commodore on Friday.

"Now that we have White, we feel really good about our depth on defence," Holland said.

Detroit might not make another major move this off-season, but Holland does have to sign a backup goaltender — perhaps Chris Osgood — and decide whether to bring back forward Kris Draper.