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Bruins recall Danton Heinen, add veteran tough guy Ryan White on pro tryout

Ty Anderson
October 10, 2017 - 1:17 pm

Set to embark on a three-game road trip that begins Wednesday with a head-to-head with the Avalanche, the Bruins have recalled forward Danton Heinen from Providence, and in a surprise move added veteran grinder Ryan White on a professional tryout.

With Heinen, who recorded an assist in Providence’s 5-2 win over the Springfield last weekend, this is about bringing an extra body while on the other side of the country, and to also reinvigorate some of the competitive nature that the Bruins had throughout their training camp, where the 22-year-old Heinen fell victim to the numbers game.

“We want to let guys relax and play, but at the same token, this is a business,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of his competition up front. “We have a standard, we didn’t play to it yesterday, and we’re gonna try to get back to it tomorrow.

“We’re not afraid to use [Heinen], let’s put it that way.”

In the case of the 29-year-old White, the Bruins are hoping he can bring something they clearly believe they’re lacking, especially with a recent rash of significant injuries.  

“We’ve lost [David] Backes and [Noel] Acciari on the right side. We know what they can give us every night; They give us straight-line play, they’re gonna be physical, they’re going to get to the net. We’ve lost that element,” Cassidy said when asked about White’s potential addition to the B’s. “They might not be sexy players, [but] Ryan White has a history of playing that way. He was available for a look, and we’re gonna look.

“We just gotta investigate him a little bit and see what’s transpired the last few years,” Cassidy continued. “The pace of the game is up, is that there? There’s no definitive plan other than we’re gonna look at him, if we feel he’s a good fit then we’ll talk about that.”

Previously with the Canucks on a pro tryout, the veteran of over 300 games suffered a concussion early in Canucks camp, and was cut shortly after he recovered.

But as he sat in a Vancouver hotel in limbo, White’s camp was immediately contacted by Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to bring him in for a look with Boston.

And cleared by B’s doctors with no sign of any lingering concussion issues, White knows the expectations he’s coming to town with (players on pro tryouts cannot play in regular season games until they’re signed) in hopes of an NHL deal with the Bruins.

“I play my game wherever I go,” White, who spent last year between the Coyotes and Wild, recording nine goals and 16 points in 65 games, said. “I’m probably here for a reason — just to play physical, straight up and down, north-south game, and chip in when I can. It’s pretty self-explanatory the way I play, and I can’t change it now.”

The Bruins are more than familiar with White from his five-year run with the Canadiens from 2009 to 2014, with White even comparing joining the B’s to joining “the dark side.”

“He’s very competitive guy, very hard to play against, and a really good player” Bruins winger Brad Marchand said of White. “He’s one of those guys you don’t want to play against, but you love to have him on your team. Very good locker room guy, and he’s the kind of guy you need on your team to go deep in the playoffs.”

White, who established career-highs in goals (11) and points (16) with the Flyers two years ago, has 31 goals and 61 points and 447 minutes in penalties in 313 NHL games.

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