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Report: Teams aren’t making offers for Ryan Whitney

Feb 27, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

Ryan Whitney #6 of the Edmonton Oilers waits for a faceoff against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on April 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Ryan Whitney used to be among the best offensive defensemen in the NHL, but after missing big chunks of the previous two seasons due to injuries, the Edmonton Oilers aren’t using Ryan Whitney much this season.

The question is: Would anybody?

If the Oilers have soured on Whitney, then dealing him before his contract expires this summer would make sense, but former NHL GM and coach and current Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean has been surprised by the lack of interest in him.

“Can they move Whitney?” MacLean said on Team 1260, according to the Edmonton Journal. “I am hearing Whitney, the offers are not coming. There’s very little in the way of an offer for Whitney.

“I’m shocked by that. I haven’t seen him like you guys have, but has he dropped that dramatically that there’s not even offers for him out there?”

MacLean added that he’s even heard from agents that Whitney might be put on waivers, although he doesn’t believe that will actually happen.

Meanwhile Jason Strudwick, who played with the Edmonton Oilers for three seasons, knows Whitney isn’t happy about the fact that the Oilers frequently list him as a healthy scratch.

“I don’t know what the Oilers are trying to accomplish,” Strudwick said. He later added, “They’re just beating the hell out of an asset right now. I don’t see how this ends with anything good for the OIlers.”

Even if there really is that little interest in Whitney right now, the market might heat up as we get closer to the trade deadline. If the Oilers continue to routinely send him to the press box, then a change of scenery would be his best bet to show we he can do before his contract expires.

  1. valoisvipers - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    The Pens have a history of making d’men offensive stars one year and trade them the next and well, buyers beware….

  2. withseidelinn - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Guy needs a change. Swap him for a defensive D-man to a team that needs offense from the back end.

  3. Stiller43 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I was so glad when the pens got rid of him! WAY overpaid

  4. brainoflindros - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Philly should pick him up…gotta be better than BRUNO…

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      They can’t take on his cap hit right now. I wouldn’t mind having another defender but Idk about Whitney. I tend to agree with Doug MacLean, has he really fallen off that much that he can’t even get on the ice for a defensively desperate team like Edmonton? With the new CBA allowing for teams to pick up some of the cap hit, then maybe a trade is possible.

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