NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Henrik Tallinder #7 and Adam Larsson #5 of the New Jersey Devils skate against Matt Halischuk #24 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on October 15, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Tonight, he returns to that same arena, but wearing a San Jose Sharks jersey to face the Devils.
New Jersey bought White out this summer after he spent 10 seasons with the Devils and won two Stanley Cup championships, in 2000 and 2003. The defenseman doesn't have any hard feelings about the move.
"It doesn't last forever," White told Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. "I definitely want a chance to win again. It wasn't my decision, but it was a decision and we talked about it. So, it didn't come as much of a shock to me as it came to the media. Lou (Lamoriello) and I talked it and we still have a good relationship. There's no hard feelings.
"I've been around the game long enough to know they had to move forward. We weren't going in the right direction, obviously, not getting into the playoffs last year and whatnot, so it was time for some changes. I realized that. But I was welcomed here (with the Sharks). Doug Wilson has been great."
David Clarkson, who said White was one of his close friends, admitted it would be odd facing him.
"He was here a long time," Clarkson told Gulitti. "He was one of my best buddies, so it's tough, but that's part of the business too. You play against friends. You can't change anything. But it will be different seeing him over there in a different uniform for sure."
Rookie Adam Larsson, who wear's White's old number five, has made people quickly forget about the longtime veteran. He still hasn't recorded a point, but he leads defenseman in time on ice and is second on the team to Ilya Kovalchuk. Larsson believed the heavy minutes will help him develop quicker.
"I think that will help me a lot," he told Gulitti. "Of course that will be useful to me."
The Devils enter tonight winners of three straight games. They haven't played in almost a week, though, defeating the Nashville Predators, 3-2, in a shootout six days ago. Kovalchuk and Clarkson helped bring the Devils back from 2-0 in the third period, and Kovalchuk scored the only shootout goal to complete the come-from-behind win.
Joe Thornton will play in his 1,000 career NHL game tonight.