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Montreal Canadiens center Ryan White (53) celebrates his first goal of the season against the Minnesota Wild with defenseman P.K. Subban (76) and center David Desharnais (58) during the first period of their NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minnesota, March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Miller

ERIC MILLER

The Montreal Canadiens signed checking forward Ryan White to a one-year, $687,500 contract Tuesday.

The 24-year-old White, who earned $625,000 last season, was limited to three assists in 20 games last year with Montreal after suffering a sports hernia during training camp.

The Brandon, Man., native has two goals and eight assists in 63 career NHL games. The rugged right-winger was picked 66th overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft.

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