Tag: Ryan Whitney


Report: Flyers have not made an offer to Whitney


According to CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio, the Philadelphia Flyers have not made an offer to Ryan Whitney.

Speculation of the Flyers’ interest in Whitney arose Saturday when Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Philadelphia had reached out to the defenseman.

Whitney is under contract with the KHL’s HC Sochi, but his deal includes an out clause according to Seravalli.

In 481 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers, the 31-year-old has 50 goals and 259 points.

Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere to make NHL debut

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will make his NHL debut tonight when the Flyers play host to the Detroit Red Wings.

Gostisbehere, 21, was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday.

“(Terry) Murray took me aside and told me I might possibly be called up and he had to take me out of the lineup,” Gostisbehere told CSNPhilly.com. “I just waited for the call and got it and headed over.”

Injuries to veteran defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald presented the opportunity for Gostisbehere to be recalled.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Gostisbehere said Saturday. “A little bit [surprising] but injuries happen around the league. When your number is called, you jump up and do the best you can.”

Originally a third-round pick of the Flyers (78th overall in 2012), Gostisbehere was paired with Luke Schenn during the team’s morning skate. He also took shifts alongside Michael Del Zotto on the Flyers’ second power play unit.

“His skill, his skating,” said coach Craig Berube of what impresses him when watching Gostisbehere. “His skating for sure. I think his anticipation. He anticipates the game well, and I think that’s important up here. For a guy like him, his size and stuff … I thought he checked well with his stick.”

According to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, Gostisbehere’s recall could be a short-term solution.

Seravalli reports that Flyers GM Ron Hextall was working the phones Friday looking to acquire a defenseman prior to the Gostisbehere recall.

“I can tell you I’m hoping to get a defenseman for a hell of a lot less than $2 million,” Hextall said, noting the team’s cap situation.

One name, which has been rumoured to be Philly-bound is Ryan Whitney, who recently signed in the KHL.

“Ryan is signed with a KHL team as of now,” said Paul Krepelka, the agent for Whitney. “I don’t want to comment any further than that – I’ll leave that up to Ronnie .”

Gostisbehere had two assists in three games in the AHL prior to his call-up.

Whitney signs in KHL

Ryan Whitney

Defenseman Ryan Whitney has signed with the KHL’s HC Sochi per the league’s Twitter account.

Whitney attended St. Louis Blues camp on a tryout for the second consecutive year, but was released by the team.

Originally the fifth overall selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2002, Whitney has appeared in 481 games with Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Anaheim and Florida where he registered 259 points and 383 penalty minutes.

The 31-year-old was a member of the U.S. Olympic team which won silver at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

Whitney joked on Twitter following the deal that, after his experience in Vancouver, Sochi was the goal.

Whitney’s deal with the KHL club is for one season.

Shakeup continues as Florida waives Whitney

Ryan Whitney, Steve Montador

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).

What does Florida have to trade? Let’s pick over the roster

Marcel Goc, Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg

Dale Tallon wants to make a trade. Badly.

With his team off to a disastrous 3-9-4 start, the Panthers’ general manager already felt the need to fire head coach Kevin Dineen, along with assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay. And let’s face it, with new ownership in Florida, the next guy to be fired could be Tallon.

But what does Tallon have to offer other NHL teams? We’ll ignore blue-chippers like Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov; if any of the Panthers’ highly touted youngsters are available, obviously they’ll draw interest.

As for Florida’s veterans? Here are a few to consider:

Tomas Fleischmann: The team’s leading scorer, with 11 points in 15 games. The 29-year-old winger is signed through 2014-15 with a $4.5 million cap hit that would’ve been a lot easier to move in any other season. (Cap space isn’t exactly plentiful for most teams.) But given Rick Nash’s health concerns, might the Rangers have some interest here? Just throwing it out there.

Marcel Goc: A pending unrestricted free agent with a $1.7 million cap hit, this 30-year-old center should be movable. He’s not going to score a ton and he’s got a lengthy injury log that may be concerning, but for a team looking to bolster depth down the middle, Goc could be a target.

Jesse Winchester: Very affordable pending UFA with a cap hit of just $600,000, this 30-year-old forward has four goals and three assists in 16 games. He also doesn’t mind playing physical, with 25 hits.

Shawn Matthias: Signed through 2014-15 with a cap hit of $1.75 million, Matthias is another guy who could bolster a team’s forward depth. The 25-year-old had a career-high 14 goals last season, so there’s scoring potential in him too. Of course, the Panthers may be loathe to trade him, for those exact reasons.

Tom Gilbert: Pending UFA. Low cap hit ($900,000). Gilbert, 30, is logging 21:06 per game on the Panthers’ blue line. Teams are always looking to add extra d-men for the playoffs, though some might want to wait until closer to the spring to do that.

Those five aren’t the only ones that could be available. Far from it. Tallon should also be more than willing to talk about veterans like Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Sean Bergenheim, Scott Gomez, Mike Weaver, Matt Gilroy and Ryan Whitney.

Basically, if he wasn’t a high draft pick in the past few years, he’s more than likely available.