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03-19-2013, 05:01 PM
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After reading some posts regarding Whitney, I'd have to throw myself on the 'wait and see' bandwagon. Whitney's still fairly young, he's a presence in the locker room and is a legitimate Top-4 defenseman if he's confident and healthy.

The Oilers are going to move some bodies before the deadline - it's pretty much a given. But Whitney's trade value is pretty much an unknown at this moment. And IMO, if the Oilers are unable to grab a 1st, a near-ready prospect or a decent roster player for him, their best interest may be to hold onto him and try to resign him in the summer.

But just for kicks, are there any historians here that could point out any NHLers in recent history who took paycuts at age ~30 to stay with their current employer?

I'm certain Whitney's injury history falls into play, but if he's able to convince Oilers brass and their fans he's still the Ryan Whitney circa 2010, what's stopping him from asking for an extension or a raise?

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