During the 2007–08 pre-season, White suffered a serious eye injury. During a team practice on September 19, "White was defending against two-on-one rushes when John Madden gave rookie Nicklas Bergfors the puck for a shot that deflected off White's stick and hit him in the nose and near the right eye." White was able to return to the lineup on November 21 to play in the Devils' 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite still suffering from some blurred vision in his right eye, he was able to play over 17 minutes, blocked 2 shots, and was credited with six of the Devils' fifteen hits. White quickly returned to his regular spot in the Devils line-up, where he began wearing a protective visor on his helmet.
In the 2008-09 season, White played a total of 71 games, finishing the season with one goal, 17 assists and a +18 rating, one of his highest career offensive seasons.
On February 2, 2010, for the first time in nearly four years, White fought Maple Leafs defensemen Dion Phaneuf for taking a run at teammate Zach Parise's head. Had White been hit near his previously injured eye during the fight, his career could have been in jeopardy. The following season, White fought for the second time in as many years when he dropped the gloves with Bruno Gervais of the New York Islanders. White had previously hit Pierre Parenteau, which sparked the fight that would ultimately end in White fracturing Gervais' cheekbone.
White has established himself as physical, defensive defenceman, often leading the Devils in penalty minutes to go with his relatively low offensive production. Also during his Devils tenure, White has several times served as an alternate captain.
On August 1, 2011, White was placed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils along with Trent Hunter. He was then bought out from the final year of his contract on August 2 after clearing. On August 3, White was signed by the San Jose Sharks to a 1-year, $1M contract.
On May 31, 2012, It was announced White will have his jersey number 24 retired by his junior team the Gatineau Olympiques, formerly the Hull Olympiques.
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