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Maybe Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini isn’t getting any concrete offers for Whitney. Maybe that’s why this is dragging out and it’s getting messy. I know one thing: you can’t have a $3.8 million player sitting while a $750,000 player like Potter is playing, not if you’re the owner of the team. Can you?
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal on Ryan Whitney. Read more from Matheson on this topic.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Whitney is a a good player and a proud player, a player who was out-of-this-world when he first came to the Oilers in that Lubo Visnovsky trade before he wrecked his ankle stepping in a rut in the Rexall Place ice just after Christmas in 2010, isn’t playing well. He’s way better than he’s looking through the first eight games of this season where 48 games are sardined into 98 days.
I like Whitney, and not just because he’s a good quote, always an excellent thing for a scribe. I like Whit’s wit, I like his ability to normally get the puck up ice on the tape with a crisp pass, I like it that he’s had the ability to play big minutes, and he’s always worked the point on the powerplay. Not the first unit, now, but the second. But, he’s having trouble and this is something the Oilers’ defence, which isn’t the best in the league, can’t have.
Whitney should be a go-to guy on the Oilers’ blueline but looks like Tom Poti out there right now and you know how it was for the quiet, lanky, puck-moving but not overly physical Poti, when he was an Oiler.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Can defenceman Ryan Whitney play in the Edmonton Oilers’ seasonopener this Sunday stone-cold with nary an exhibition game or any game for 285 days?
Could Whitney suit up and just play the power play and feel his way into an NHL game for the first time since popping a tendon in his ankle on Dec. 28, 2010, against the Buffalo Sabres?
Or will the Oilers do the prudent thing and have Whitney play one or two games for their American Hockey League farm team in Oklahoma City, like a rehabilitation assignment for a major-league baseball player. Hall of Famer-to-be Derek Jeter played some games on a New York Yankees’ farm squad this summer when he was coming back from a leg injury. Could Whitney play at least the AHL Barons’ game in Austin, Texas, against the Texas Stars on Oct. 9?
“It’s going to be tough to come back (without any action). For a couple of NHL games, people will be whizzing (by him). If it were up to me, I’d play two games in the minors, but not back-to-back games,” said Whitney.
The talk of the town of late has been the health concerns of defenceman Ryan Whitney and winger Ales Hemsky. Robin Brownlee posted an article on Oilers Nation titled “Hemsky and Whitney: Not Ready Yet.” The title of that piece should say it all. What that of course did was generate a lot of discussion. Whitney has been out since December and Hemsky since March.
The Edmonton Oilers had more than their fair share of injuries last season, and it seems for some that luck continued through the off-season.
Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney has re-tweaked his ankle in Boston earlier this month and according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal is “sick of not playing.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Chris Neil woke up with a headache Wednesday….
While Neil was on the ice for the club’s 30-minute practice Wednesday at the Saddledome, he wasn’t happy the refereees only gave Whitney a two-minute minor.
Not only did Whitney drill Neil in the head, he also caught him in the shoulder.
“That was a headshot, for sure,” said Neil. “You want to get that kind of stuff out of the game. I didn’t even see him coming. I know he’s behind me, but my back is to him. I wasn’t even facing him. That’s the kind of player he is, he’s kind of a backstabber.
“I didn’t really know what happened off the get-go. I’ve seen that play before and guys have gotten a (five-minute major) and kicked out of the game. I know the referees saw the first one (to the shoulder), but they didn’t see the second, obviously.”
read on and watch a video of the play below…
per TSN, Edmonton trades Lubomir Visnovsky to the Ducks for Ryan Whitney
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
“Lubomir Visnovsky is a skilled defenseman with a proven track record,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We feel this is a major addition for us, not only for our stretch drive but going forward.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared up a bit of their log jam along the blue line as they have sent Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.
added 2:45pm, More on the trade from a Pens point of view from Empty Netters.
from Empty Netters,
How much will the Penguins miss Ryan Whitney as he recuperates from his foot injury? You be the judge. Take a look at the top point totals by defenseman the past two seasons:
9. Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings GP 151 G 26 A 73 PTS 99
9. Ryan Whitney GP 157 G 26 A 73 PTS 99
11. Kimmo Timonen, Predators/Flyers GP 160 G 21 A 78 PTS 99
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
(Ryan) Whitney, whose point total dropped from 59 in 2006-07 to 40 last season, underwent surgery to correct a left-foot misalignment Friday in Charlotte. Full recovery from the procedure, an osteotomy, usually takes three to five months.
“I just couldn’t live on one healthy foot anymore, let alone try to skate,” Whitney said Thursday, on the eve of his surgery. “We’ve tried everything to avoid surgery because we knew it would mean missing a chunk of the season. But nothing worked.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
added 9:22am, Ray Shero comments on the surgery,
“Ryan has been bothered by this condition in his foot for some time,” Shero said. “He consulted with a number of specialists in an effort to correct the problem without surgery, but it was ultimately determined that surgery was the best path to take – for his general well-being, and for his career.
“Obviously, he will miss the start of the 2008-09 season, but the doctors tell us he will be able to play pain-free when he returns to the lineup this season.”
Update 1:01pm ET: Interview with Ryan Whitney & Brooks Orpik now added below.
Q. What do you feel like you did better in Game 3 than you had done in the previous two games, and what do you feel like you have to do better still in Game 4?
ADAM HALL: Well, I think we were just able to do a better job limiting our turnovers and forechecking, and I think that was kind of a key to help creating more offense for us.
MAXIME TALBOT: Yeah, we made some little adjustments. And obviously I think that the desperation in and the crowd got us going. Yes, we had a little slow start, but I think after that yesterday it was a cliche but we talked about getting the first goal, and that was huge for us. And we got it, and it was a different game for us. Because it’s easier to play, when you play against the Detroit Red Wings and they have the lead, it’s kind of hard to come back because they’re so smart and experienced.