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Whitney on Oilers: “There were definitely some other guys who could have been scratched”

Apr 28, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

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Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and given what he said today on the team’s locker clean-out day, he’s eager to get moving.

Whitney gave the assembled media at Rexall Place a rather juicy soundbyte on his way out of town saying, “I’m not going to name any names, but there were definitely some other guys who could have been scratched.”

Yikes. He had been a healthy scratch in the team’s last three games.

Whitney struggled with injuries again this season playing in 34 of 48 games this season putting up four goals and nine assists with a plus/minus rating of minus-7.

It’s no secret the Oilers defense struggled, but they had a steady corps of players in Justin Schultz, Nick Schultz, Ladislav Smid, and Jeff Petry who played all 48 games. Corey Potter and Mark Fistric were in Whitney’s company on the blue line playing 33 and 25 games respectively.

After that sound-off, however, you wonder if Whitney took off from Edmonton making like Homer Simpson in the process.

Update (4:26 p.m. ET):  Turns out it’s not quite that way as Whitney made it clear (in a nice way) he won’t be back in Edmonton via Twitter.

  1. windmiller4 - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    What is it with defenseman leaving Edmonton on bad terms? First Souray now Whitney?

    • terminalcityhockey - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      And Pronger!

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    EDM needs to focus more their drafting on D. If you don’t have an adequate blueline, you will struggle to be a SC contender.

  3. dumbassgreg - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    look at kevin lowe . he runs team same way sather did you must kiss the ring or butt. if you question the genius lowe . it hits the fan just look at the press conference where he mention the five rings. the deadmonton media is complete joke. they are either guys with limited talent like terry jones or bryan hall or young guys on their way up trying to get out of deadmonton as soon as possible.lmao. if you actually have independent functioning brain like pat quinn or tom renney.sourcy,pronger you are not long for oilers country. the lapdog media will write about bunch of negative stuff the team gives them when you leave. except some negative stuff about whitney very soon. sure terry jones has been given his latest column by kevin lowe.

  4. kicksave1980 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Whitney needs to leave Edmonton anyway, because aside from small streaks of good play, he was often times the biggest liability on the ice. And that says a lot with that d-man group. Add to that his willingness to call people out (this isn’t the first time), and how he responds personally to every bit of criticism. If he was as good as he thinks he is, he’d win the Norris every year. Nothing wrong with confidence, but sometimes it’s good to know when to shut up. I don’t doubt that there are other players who needed to have been scratched, but as you can see here, his attitude did him no favors.

    • 19to77 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      No kidding. Doesn’t sound at all like the kind of guy who promotes team solidarity or provides encouragement to other players. Sounds like he’s the first to lay blame and deflect criticism onto others if anything.

  5. uscthom78 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Justine left a playoff bound team for this ?

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