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Blues release Ryan Whitney from PTO

Sep 27, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

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Ryan Whitney’s trial run with the St. Louis Blues is at an end.

The team announced they’ve released the eight-year veteran from his professional tryout agreement.

After spending the past three-and-a-half injury-riddled seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, he was hoping to latch on with the Blues as a puck-moving defenseman. Instead, he wasn’t able to generate much offense in his limited preseason action.

As it was, cracking the Blues lineup on defense was set to be a tall order. Everyone from last year’s team is back and that group has proved to be very strong. With Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk leading the way and signed long-term, Whitney already had two players doing what he does there.

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  1. withseidelinn - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Definitely KHL bound.

  2. leafs2013 - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    He’s terrible and always has a excuse for screwing up and its never his fault, hope the Habs sign him!

    • andrewsabourin13 - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      thats a terrible fate to wish upon anyone

  3. stevedurbano - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Inviting him to camp just left me scratching my head. I guess he provided an experienced body for scrimmages but realistically had virtually no chance of making the club.

  4. savior72 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    All he was was a fallback if Petro didn’t sign right away

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