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Blues invite Ryan Whitney to camp


The St. Louis Blues are bringing defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp on a professional tryout.

Whitney also attended Blues training camp last season, but was later released.

Once considered a top offensive blue-liner, Whitney’s most productive season in the NHL came in 2007-08, when he had 59 points for the Penguins.

But a serious ankle injury suffered in 2010 affected his mobility. Late last year, he admitted “there’s certain things I can’t do now.”

In 2013-14, Whitney went pointless in seven games for the Florida Panthers before he was waived. The 31-year-old spent most of the season with AHL San Antonio, scoring seven goals with 16 assists in 43 games.

It seems unlikely that Whitney would be able to crack a Blues defense that’s considered one of the best in hockey. But it’s possible, we suppose, he could land a two-way deal, a la Ryan Malone with the Rangers, and be available for an injury call-up.