The St. Louis Blues have released defenseman Ryan Whitney from his professional tryout, general manager Doug Armstrong announced on Friday. Whitney had been participating in training camp since Sept. 12.
Selected with the fifth pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2002 NHL Draft, Whitney has 50 goals and 259 points in 474 career games. He completed a six-year, $24 million contract last season with the Edmonton Oilers and had 13 points with a minus-7 rating in 34 games.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4