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Report: Bruins eye Oilers’ Ryan Whitney

Mar 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Someone’s interested in Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney after all.

The Boston Bruins are reportedly in discussions to bring the periodically scratched blueliner and a forward to Beantown via a trade,’s Joe Haggerty reports.

The 30-year-old hasn’t had a great season, yet he’s been heating up lately … when he gets to play, at least. While his 10 points in 2013 aren’t eye-popping, it’s compelling that five of them have come in his last seven contests.

While Whitney has his warts (-25 the past two seasons, for one), the lure for the Bruins is obvious: improving the power play.

He used to help run the Pittsburgh Penguins power play before guys like Kris Letang pushed him out; Whitney has one 59 and one 40-point season on his resume.

Considering Edmonton’s penchant for benching him, it might not cost the Bruins all that much, but we’ll have to wait and see – if it even happens.

In other Bruins news, Haggerty reports that the team recalled forward Torey Krug, who’s been playing well in the AHL recently.

(Read more about Whitney in this “Trade Bait” article.)

  1. The Hockey Fan - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Wouldn’t be a GREAT decision considering the depth they have on defense but if you need to be safe for the playoffs it could be a good move. I think Adam will be back for playoffs and I don’t know what happened to Johnny but he would probably be ready for playoffs and you have Johnson and Bartowski. Bartowski got over his nerves monday and Aaron Johnson seems to be a very smart player (especially breaking up Lucic and I believe it was Mclairin the other night. Don’t need to lose a star in the last 5 min of regulation), but I trust Peter will make the right moves. He has in the past.

    • itsallniceonice - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Only positive getting Whitney would be another veteran. He is no better than Johnson or Ference although he would fit in great with either turning the puck over all the time and taking stupid penalties.

      We have two pretty good d-men we can call up from Providence, Bartkowski and Krug, and can use them until we get our injured guys back.

      Also Paajarvi might be in the mix.

  2. nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Just a depth move. He may sit some when the D gets healthy. Probably good value, too considering Edmonton may just want to get rid of him.

  3. nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Whitney rumors….Koko just scratched in Providence before their game, Bartkowski signed to an extension and now just scratch before Bs game. Those two definitely involved in something..maybe for Whitney and an Edmonton forward/prospect.

    • itsallniceonice - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Forward could be Paajarvi.

      • nunan - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Thats what I saw on twitter. Dreger kind of just shot it down though.

  4. sabatimus - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I’d like to point out that PK Subban just grabbed Marchand’s stick with his glove, lifted it up, and high-sticked himself in order to fool the refs and draw a penalty against Marchand. It work, the dumb refs.

    PK is such a disgusting player.

  5. vanindeed - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Wow! Boston is going to trade for everyone apparently.

  6. tdrusher225 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    The Bruins do not need a defensive liability right now. If anything, they need a defensive d-man to play with Hamilton. Don’t do it, PC.

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