• It’s Harder To Be Friends Than Lovers

    by Tyler Dellow • April 28, 2013 • Hockey • 11 Comments

    Ryan Whitney, as reported by Gene Principe:

    “I’m hoping to sign on a really good team. I’ve made enough money and I’m hoping to prove them(Oilers) wrong.”

    Ryan Whitney, as reported by Dan Tencer:

    “I’m not going to name any names, but there were definitely some other guys who could have been scratched.”

    The Oilers with and without Ryan Whitney on the ice at 5v5 this year:

    The Oilers seven D who played at least 100 minutes at 5v5 this year:

    I’m not one who thinks that Corsi is the whole ballgame but when the numbers are as stark as they are here, it’s hard to conclude anything but “Ryan Whitney was deadweight who dragged the team down.” Toss in that he sure seems to be a bit of a jerk and he’s one of the rare guys who leaves the Oilers who I won’t be rooting for in the future, a bar that’s set so low that Ty Conklin managed to clear it.

    Maybe if Ryan Whitney goes somewhere else and is still unhappy, from lack of playing and crappy results, he’ll realize that the problem is him. Might be worth him shooting Corey Potter an apology by email when that moment comes.

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    11 Responses to It’s Harder To Be Friends Than Lovers

    1. Matt
      April 28, 2013 at

      “It’s harder to be friends than lovers,
      and you shouldn’t try to mix the two,
      cause if you do it and you’re still unhappy,
      then you know that problem is you.”

      The symmetry in this post is excellent.

    2. OilW30
      April 28, 2013 at

      He should start a team with Ethan Moreau.

    3. oilers1168
      April 28, 2013 at

      I’m sorry we didn’t trade him at the deadline for a bag of pucks. Then his arrogance can be wiped from his face.

      • Hambone
        April 29, 2013 at

        That Tambellini didn’t trade him for a bag of pucks at the deadline says more about Tambo than Whitney. The worst GM in hockey wouldn’t trade the worst defenceman in hockey because he thought Whitney was a good player.

    4. Jack
      April 28, 2013 at

      Good article

      “The Oilers have been the worst team in the NHL since the season-long lockout of 2004-05. In the eight seasons since, they’ve only won 255 of 622 games. The organization likely doesn’t want to hear it, but the team’s on-ice performance has been worse than the New York Islanders (259 wins), Columbus Blue Jackets (262), Florida Panthers (266) and Tampa Bay Lightning (278).”


    5. Bank Shot
      April 29, 2013 at

      Whitney may have been referring to golden boy Justin Schultz who wasn’t scratched once this season despite looking like a train wreck the final third to half the season.

      I’m wonder if you chopped the last 20 games and compared CORSI from Whitney to Junior Schultz if you would see Junior trailing? Probably a good bet.

      Weird how J.Schultz could have one of the worst CORSI’s despite his partner for most of the season having one of the best. Nick must have been jumping for joy when he got to play with others.

      I could see why Whitney would be a little upset by never seeing the worst defenseman scratched. But, hey, its the Oilers. They always play rookies ahead of vets. results be damned.

    6. Garnet
      April 29, 2013 at

      Say this for the burdens of being a pro athlete: I’d be mortified to be in a career where my decline and my utter marginality could be so objectively measured. Maybe I’d delude myself too.

      • April 30, 2013 at

        I’d have to agree with you Garnet. Getting HS’ed on what’s widely-regarded as the worst blue line in the entire NHL has to be a pretty hard kick to the junk.

        I had previously thought Whitney was all-world prior to his injury from the Rexall ice. Granted he looked like it in the small sample… There were games where Renney tried crazy things like putting Struds ont he top pairing with Whitney which seemed to work for brief stints. Whether that was Renney’s signal to Tambo that they needed better options, we’ll never know…

        All that being said, there were complaints about him in a link at a Lowetide thread from a Pittsburgh blogger when he was on their roster. Oddly, these complaints were similar to what we’re all saying now.

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    8. Bruce McCurdy
      April 30, 2013 at

      “I’m not going to name any names, but there were definitely some other guys who could have been scratched at times, and never were.”

      I’ve added the last five words to your quote above, because I think the word “never” is highly suggestive that he wasn’t talking about Potter and Fistric at all, but the guys a little higher up the food chain who played all 48 games. Reading it in that light, the name “Schultz” fairly screams as an unnamed name. From Whitney’s perspective, I’m guessing that Nick Schultz’s continuing role in the top four was a particular irritant.

      • Olga
        May 31, 2013 at

        Looks, and sounds, like it was a great time. I love your first culope of shots especially and believe you are selling yourself short labeling yourself unworthy’.

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