Thrashers trade White to Rangers

The off-season shuffle continues.

The Thrashers traded forward Todd White to the New York Rangers Monday in exchange for forwards Donald Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller. The team then placed Brashear on unconditional waivers and will buy out the $1.3 million left on the last year of his contract should he not be claimed.

White is the 16th player who played for the Thrashers last season to either be traded, leave as a free agent or not re-signed this summer. Ten of those players began last season on the active roster. The Thrashers also have a new coaching staff in place, headed by Craig Ramsay.

White, 35, played three seasons for the Thrashers, including an injury-plagued campaign last year. He will make $2.6 million ($2.3 million against the salary cap) this season in the final of a four-year deal which was worth a total of $9.5 million when he signed with the Thrashers in 2007.

“I'm excited to be going to New York," White said. “It's a great opportunity and a great team and I think I can add a lot.”

White missed the last eight games of the season and underwent surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum. He also suffered two knee dislocations during the season. In 65 games, he had seven goals and 19 assists. He scored 36 goals in his two previous seasons. The Thrashers may have wanted to buy out the remaining year of White’s contract but could not without his consent, due to the injuries.

“I enjoyed by time in Atlanta,” White said. “My kids were sad to find out today we wouldn't be going back. The team is moving in the right direction and I’m a little disappointed I won't be a part of it. I'm ready to move on [from the injuries] and help the Rangers win.”

Brashear, 38, played just 36 games with the Rangers last season. He will become an unrestricted free agent after being bought out. The Thrashers will pay two-thirds of his contract over the next two seasons, a total of $866,000. The salary cap hit, which includes a $200,000 bonus paid by the Rangers, will be $533,000 next season and $433,000 in 2011-12. Brashear had just one assist and 73 penalty minutes last season. He has appeared in 1,025 games over a 16-year career with Montreal, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Washington and the Rangers.

Rissmiller, 31, played last season in the AHL with Hartford and Grand Rapids. In 63 games for Grand Rapids, he had 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists). The 6-foot-4, 215-pound left wing is due $1 million next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent. He has appeared in 182 NHL games with San Jose and the Rangers, including the entire 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons with the Sharks. His NHL totals include 18 goals and 27 assists. He also appeared in 30 playoff games with the Sharks, scoring seven points (three goals, four assists).

In the deal the Thrashers save about $850,000 in salary, which could possibly be used to sign another player.

Changing Faces

A look at the players who played with the Thrashers last season who are no longer with the team:

Maxim Afinogenov/UFA; Remains unsigned

Colby Armstrong/UFA; Signed with Toronto

Evgeny Artyukhin/UFA; Remains unsigned

Chris Chelios/UFA; Remains unsigned

Johan Hedberg/UFA; Signed with New Jersey

Ilya Kovalchuk/Traded to New Jersey

Slava Kozlov/UFA; Remains unsigned

Pavel Kubina/UFA; Signed with Tampa Bay

Kari Lehtonen*/Traded to Dallas

Clarke MacArthur/UFA after Thrashers walk-away from arbitration award

Mark Popovic/UFA; Remains unsigned

Marty Reasoner/Traded to Chicago, then Florida

Anssi Salemla/Traded to New Jersey

Christoph Schubert/UFA; Remains unsigned

Tim Stapleton/UFA; Remains unsigned

Todd White/Traded to New York Rangers

* -- Began season on injured reserve