Mar 1, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney (6) battle for position during the second period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Will St. Louis Blues Sign Ryan Whitney? The Trouble with Alex Pietrangelo

Alex Pietrangelo remains unsigned, and GM Doug Armstrong may be looking to fill his place with Ryan Whitney until they reach an agreement.

While not a  permanent solution for the St. Louis Blues, Whitney could fill a hole until a Pietrangelo deal is worked out.

Whitney first broke into the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2005-06 season. Since then, Whitney has racked up 474 games and 259 points while playing with the Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers.

The 5th overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Whitney just finished up the last year of a six-year deal with the Oilers. He maintained a cap hit of $4 million per season but was earning a salary of $5.5 million at the end of the 2013 season.

The real question would be that if the Blues bring Whitney in on a professional try-out contract, would the team want to keep him around should a Pietrangelo deal get done sooner than expected?

With an already impressive blueline, the Blues could add a great amount of depth by keeping him around, but can they afford to do so while already being near the cap.

What do you think Blues fans?  Is this a solid move for the team?  Let us know in the comments below.


-Alex Hodschayan

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