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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?

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