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Ryan Whitney will be a healthy scratch tonight

Feb 4, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

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Edmonton’s highest-paid defenseman will be a healthy scratch tonight versus Vancouver.

That defenseman would be Ryan Whitney, who will unhappily though respectfully take a seat in the press box as criticism of his play mounts.

Whitney (0G, 3A, -5) logged just over 15 minutes Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Colorado, a far cry from the 20:58 he averaged last season.

Clearly, new head coach Ralph Krueger hasn’t been a fan of the 29-year-old’s work this season.

It’s worth noting that Whitney is in the final year of a six-year, $24 million contract. Might the Oilers try to move him before he walks away for free? And if they do, would there be any takers?

  1. Stiller43 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    “Clearly, new head coach Ralph Krueger hasn’t been a fan of the 29-year-old’s work this season.”

    Yeah, i remember the pens put him at wing for a few games because he was a jagoff at D.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      while i wish the pens had gotten more out of him when he played, he did help bring kunitz over in that trade and kunitz has turned out to be worth the pick they used on whitney anyway. with whitney 2008 = no cup, 2009 w/out whitney + kunitz = cup. i’ll take it.

    • crosberries - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Actually I’m pretty sure that was when brooks orpik and micheal therrian (or however you spell it) weren’t getting along he put him at wing a couple games

      • c0sm0b0z0 - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        I remember that. “If they want to be soffest defense in league, they do good job”

  2. ibieiniid - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    so should I sit him in fantasy for Dougie Hamilton?

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    I know people on PHT get annoyed whenever a Flyers fan considers an acquisition from an opposing team, but I’d probably take Whitney over Kurtis Foster or Lilja. Now that teams are allowed to eat salary in trades, it seems more possible that someone will take a chance on him. If the Oilers want to dump him for a mid to late round pick, and keep some of his cap hit, there would probably be takers. And with Whitney being in the final year of his deal it makes even more sense for the Oilers to try and get something for him. He’s not that far removed from being an above-average defender with some offensive potential. Or they could just keep scratching him all season, we’ll see.

  4. ray2013 - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    He is an offensive defenceman that doesn’t score a ton, can’t play defence very well and can’t stay healthy. Other than that, he’s awesome.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    the turtle job at the end of the game with Phoenix had nothing to do with it…?

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