Devils' defense: Jersey re-signs White, adds Rupp

Updated: July 10, 2006, 3:36 PM ET
Associated Press

Mike Rupp

Colin White

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils re-signed veteran defenseman Colin White to a multiyear contract and signed right wing Mike Rupp on Monday.

The 28-year-old White, who has spent all six of his NHL seasons with the Devils, was a member of the Stanley Cup team in 2003. Last season he had three goals, 14 assists and 91 penalty minutes in 73 games. White has 15 goals, 56 points and 613 penalty minutes in 396 career regular-season games.

Rupp, who spent last season with Phoenix, played for the Devils for parts of the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons before he was traded to Phoenix in March 2004 for Jan Hrdina and a draft pick.

He spent last season with Phoenix and Columbus and finished with combined totals of four goals and two assists in 40 games. He had surgery in March to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Rupp scored the game-winning goal in New Jersey's 3-0 win in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in 2003 against Anaheim.

White is the third key player the Devils have re-signed in the last two weeks, including forwards Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias.

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