Ryan Whitney D FLA Jul 24 '79

Much like Friday, the Florida Panthers decided to make Ryan Whitney a healthy scratch against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings are familiar with Whitney from his days with the Anaheim Ducks. His -5 rating shouldn't be that surprising, but failing to score a single point in four games is a little surprising. He's generated four PIM and eight SOG for Florida.

Ryan Whitney D FLA Jul 23 '79

Ryan Whitney was a healthy scratch Friday night.

He did not play in the Panthers' 6-3 rout of the Penguins Friday night. Matt Gilroy took his place in the lineup. Given how well the Cats played, don't be surprised if the Whintey sits out Sunday's game against the Kings as well.

Ryan Whitney D FLA Jul 12 '79

Ryan Whitney had his first practiced with the Panthers on Tuesday.

Whitney wasn't able to secure a contract over the summer and didn't make the St. Louis Blues after participating in their training camp on a tryout basis. Still, he has a lot of offensive upside, so the Panthers decided to take a chance on him at the cost of a one-year/$900k contract. He's worth keeping a close eye on.

Ryan Whitney D FLA Jul 11 '79

The Florida Panthers have signed Ryan Whitney to a one-year contract worth $900,000.

Whitney, a 30-year-old defenseman, was signed as a free agent. Whitney was released from his tryout with the St. Louis Blues on Friday. He spent the past three-and-a-half seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and had four goals and nine assists in 34 games last season. In 474 games with Edmonton, Anaheim and Pittsburgh, the Boston native has 50 goals, 209 assists and 377 penalty minutes. Whitney was the Penguins' first-round pick (No. 5) at the 2002 NHL Draft. "Very excited and honored to sign with (Panthers)," Whitney tweeted. "Can't wait for season to start." The Panthers launch their regular season on Thursday against Dallas.

Ryan Whitney D FLA Jul 08 '79

Ryan Whitney has been released from his professional tryout offer.

Whitney's stock has obviously fallen hard over the last few seasons, but he still has the potential to be a solid offensive defensemen. The problem is that the Blues have one of the best defenses in the league, so Whitney cracking it was an uphill battle.

Ryan Whitney D FLA Jun 25 '79

Ryan Whitney is still in the Blues plans even with the signing of Alex Pietrangelo.

"When I talked to (GM) Doug (Armstrong) when he invited me, he said this isn't just because Pietrangelo hasn't been signed," Whitney said. "He was by no means saying I was going to make the team, but he was also saying that they know even when he's here, they're going to need a lot of defensemen." Whitney was selected fifth overall in the 2002 draft by Pittsburgh and struggled last season with the Oilers as the offensive defenseman had only four goals and 13 points in 34 games. Look for Whitney to turn it around if he sticks with the Blues as a 10-12 goal, 40 point season is not out of the question.

Ryan Whitney D FLA Jun 19 '79

Ryan Whitney has been invited to the Blues' training camp.

The 30-year-old rearguard played 34 games with the Oilers last year, notching four goals and nine assists. NHL.com's Louie Korac notes that this is clearly an insurance move for the Blues in case Alex Pietrangelo, a restricted free agent, is not signed to start the year.

Ryan Whitney D FLA May 24 '79

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal speculates that Ryan Whitney may have to wait until training camps open to sign on somewhere.

"I still think Whitney makes a heckuva first pass out of his zone," Matheson said. "I think he can be a second unit power-play guy. Teams are always looking for defensemen. He'll get work. When? Who knows." He also believes that Nashville, Tampa Bay, Florida or the New York Islanders could be teams interested in Whitney.

Ryan Whitney D FLA May 13 '79

Ryan Whitney's agent, Paul Krepelka, told the Edmonton Journal via text that his client is still "waiting/looking for the right fit."

Whitney became a free agent in this summer after two poor seasons in Edmonton. The 30-year-old defenseman made $5.5 million last season but is likely looking at a far more limited deal at this point. "t's been a unique free-agency period," Krepelka said via text. "After initial signings on Day Oene, the secondary phase dried up very quickly. Would guess a lot of players will be waiting for find work up and including training camp."

Ryan Whitney D FLA Feb 07 '79

Ryan Whitney will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Whitney will get a fresh start somewhere else as his final two seasons in Edmonton were not good ones. He had only four goals and 13 points this season after a 20 point season in 2011-12. At age 30, he still could turn things around in a new environment as he was a good scoring defenseman before his last two seasons.