General manager Dale Tallon said Wednesday, even before the news on Wisniewski, that he was looking to add a physical defenseman to the team's mix.
The Hawks are believed to have talked to Pittsburgh about 6-foot-4, 219-pound defenseman Ryan Whitney, who had 12 goals and 40 points last season.
Whitney, the fifth pick overall in the 2002 draft, is signed long term with a $4 million cap hit, but the Penguins might be looking to shave payroll after signing cornerstones Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and Brooks Orpik to big contracts in the last few days.
I cannot see any reason why Chicago would need/want Ryan Whitney, i have no idea why Tallon wants him. Oh and to call Whitney physical is an absolute joke. With the signing if Campbell they have enough offensive production coming from their d-men.
Hahahahaha how can they even say physical d-man in the same article about Ryan Whitney? He's way too sofffff but if we can make them believe he's physical just for the sake of getting rid of him then great.
Kane,Toews and Byfuglien for Whitney and Sydor. Take it or leave it.
Whitney had an off year thats all. He beat the crap outta redden in the playoffs. The Pens would be wise too keep him especially with his 4 million cap hit the next few seasons. That we'll be peanuts compared to what some o the other d-men are getting by then. He should be considered part of the core with Crosby,Malkin,Fleury,Letang & Staal.
Whitney looks like he should be physically imposing. Sadly, he doesnt play like it. For any deal for Whitney, am pretty sure we'd be looking for either a more defensively minded defenseman around the same age, or a sniper wing prospect (or preferably both). Chicago does have good rugged defensemen but it doesnt make sense for them to deal for Whitney especially as they just shelled out for Campbell.
a) Whitney is a bargain signing, and he and the Pens knew it when they signed hi, He was coming off a breakout year where he was near the top of defenseman offensive stats along with Gonchar when he signed. He along with Crosby were the first of many Pens to give a discount to keep the team together. Which brings me to . . .
b) I would hate the message that sends. A player signs with us at less than market to stay with the team and to give the team money to keep the team together and that great contract makes him a hot commodity and he gets traded. I doubt if you treat many like that that you are going to get many discounts in the future.