In a shortened season, it’s very possible that we could be on the verge of the trade market breaking wide open. We already saw one (sort of) big name move, when Simon Gagne was shipped back to the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this week.
Could the Edmonton Oilers follow suite soon with a potential Ryan Whitney trade? That’s very possible, and potentially even likely.
Whitney has never quite grown into the product that the Oilers had hoped he would when they acquired him in 2010. After a couple of very fine offensive seasons early on in his career, it’s been downhill since. He’s struggled to perform consistently, and that’s when he’s actually on the ice.
The defenseman has spent the majority of the past few seasons injured. When he’s not injured, he hasn’t put up the offensive numbers that he was early in his career and he’s serving as a pylon in his own end. The Oilers have frequently thrown him up in the press box as a healthy scratch this year.
Which means that a trade almost certainly has to be on the horizon. But who will take him? Interest in acquiring Whitney is reportedly low, and understandably so. But if the Oilers continue to receive little interest on him, will they just send him to Oklahoma City? Or will they just sell him low?
The latter seems like a possibility. He hasn’t been playing and the situation is increasing in its levels of turmoil on an almost daily basis. He may formally request a trade soon, and the Oilers may end up being forced to oblige. Keep an eye on this situation as we get closer to April.