Skip to content

Report: Panthers sign Ryan Whitney for one-year, $900K

Sep 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

whitneyryangetty Getty Images

It almost seems like Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon was reading various “best remaining free agent articles” with serious envy this summer. Now that the team sale is official, they keep loading up, and TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Ryan Whitney has been added to the mix at one-year, $900K.

The St. Louis Blues took a serious look at Whitney before releasing him from a professional tryout on Friday.

The Panthers have supplemented their roster in a serious way this week, bringing Whitney (assuming this is true), Tim Thomas, Tom Gilbert and Brad Boyes into the mix. All of them came at discounted rates, which seems like a happy accident thanks to the Panthers’ circumstances and a brutal free agent market for UFAs.

Whitney, 30, isn’t exactly known for shutdown defense, but he he has a 59-point season to his name. With Whitney, Brian Campbell, Dmitry Kulikov and Tom Gilbert in the mix, the Panthers should have some strong offensive options from the blueline.

Maybe Florida’s done bolstering its lineup, but if you’re an agent of a guy like Vinny Prospal, you might want to at least give Tallon a call.

  1. lowenni - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Definitely did not think I would be saying this about the Panthers this season…but with all these free agents and their young talent combined, they could be a dark horse playoff team. They’re starting to build up some decent depth, but most of all it probably depends on Thomas’ ability to perform.

    • Brian - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      They won’t go far if they’re depending on Whitney for much. Anybody who saw him play last year will tell you he can’t handle NHL minutes anymore. The hands are there but with the ankle issues he’s had he’s skating in quicksand. Thomas has some pretty big question marks after his year off, Boyes has never had two good seasons in a row, and Gilbert is pillowy soft. I would still pick the Panthers to fight for the division bottom with Buffalo.

      • lowenni - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        I wasn’t necessarily saying any one free agent of theirs is going to help them that much–combined, it’s at least an upgrade over what they had (which was basically an AHL team). Thomas definitely does have question marks, and that’s why I said his ability to perform is the biggest question. He could either be great or awful. What I was saying was that this team does have some solid offensive talent and they’ve gained enough depth that they could perhaps at least be a DARK HORSE playoff candidate. Huberdeau, Bdjustad, Kulikov, Barkov, Campbell, Versteeg, Matthias, Kopecky, Gubrandson. They’ve got a decent team.

  2. rushledger - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I think this is a good signing.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (2076)
  2. P. Kessel (1285)
  3. M. Richards (1251)
  4. N. Backstrom (1151)
  5. M. Giordano (1008)