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Shakeup continues as Florida waives Whitney

Nov 8, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

Ryan Whitney, Steve Montador AP

Just hours after cleaning house by firing his entire coaching staff, Florida GM Dale Tallon shook up his roster by putting veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney on waivers.

Whitney, who signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with Florida after playing in St. Louis’ camp on a PTO, has only appeared in six games this year for the Panthers, going scoreless while posting a minus-7 rating. He last played in Tuesday’s shootout loss to Edmonton, after which Tallon reportedly sent around a mass email trying to trade Whitney.

The 30-year-old rearguard was, at one time, a quality offensive defenseman, scoring 59 points for Pittsburgh during the 2006-07. Injuries and steadily decreasing foot speed have hampered his game, however, and he’s had issues defensively in each of his last three stops (Edmonton, Anaheim and Florida).

  1. curioustraveler13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I can’t believe Ray Shero got Chris Kunitz for him.

    • ntvd7 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      WTF

      Kunitz is sick, can’t believe that

  2. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Unfortunately this was going to happen.

    Tallon saw potential, now had to let him go. He was a great player a few years back, but as the article mentions, injuries have hampered him.

    Hopefully some team picks him up….maybe even as a healthy scratch he could add something in the locker room.

    (yes this is an undervalued skill)

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      On a side note…I think Tallon sees his days numbered with the organization as well.

      He’s probably been told, fix the problems or you’re gone.

      Its affecting the bottom line for Viola.

  3. pats2001 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    hope he can catch on somewhere. he was finally healthy going into the offseason and supposedly looked solid in St Louis’ training camp. clearly the gong show has been in full flight down in Sunrise for quite some time. it’s unclear about whether he got a chance to get going as a steady player. its nice that they want to create competition for playing time, but anyone that follows hockey knows its a long, long season and guys need time to catch their groove. he’s still got some left in the tank

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