Report: Bruins eye Oilers’ Ryan Whitney


Someone’s interested in Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney after all.

The Boston Bruins are reportedly in discussions to bring the periodically scratched blueliner and a forward to Beantown via a trade,’s Joe Haggerty reports.

The 30-year-old hasn’t had a great season, yet he’s been heating up lately … when he gets to play, at least. While his 10 points in 2013 aren’t eye-popping, it’s compelling that five of them have come in his last seven contests.

While Whitney has his warts (-25 the past two seasons, for one), the lure for the Bruins is obvious: improving the power play.

He used to help run the Pittsburgh Penguins power play before guys like Kris Letang pushed him out; Whitney has one 59 and one 40-point season on his resume.

Considering Edmonton’s penchant for benching him, it might not cost the Bruins all that much, but we’ll have to wait and see – if it even happens.

In other Bruins news, Haggerty reports that the team recalled forward Torey Krug, who’s been playing well in the AHL recently.

(Read more about Whitney in this “Trade Bait” article.)