UFA defenseman will compete on professional
tryout basis as insurance for Pietrangelo
By LOUIE KORAC
ST. LOUIS -- The Blues announced on Saturday that they have invited veteran defenseman Ryan Whiney to training camp on a professional tryout basis.
Whitney, who played for the Edmonton Oilers hast season, is an unrestricted free agent who played in 34 games a season ago, scoring four goals and adding nine assists.
The 30-year-old Whitney is a left-handed defenseman with 474 games of NHL experience, registering 50 goals and 209 assists with the Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Edmonton.
Whitney had career bests in goals (14), assists (45) and points (59) in 81 games in 2006-07 with the Penguins, his second season.
Whitney, who will wear No. 6, is insurance in case the team won't have Alex Pietrangelo ready at any point soon. Pietrangelo is a restricted free agent and general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday although dialogue continues with Pietrangelo and his representatives, the team is preparing just in case they do not have him for training camp, the preseason or even any regular season games.
Whitney was the fifth overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft.