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08:17 AM ET 02.13 | Ralph Krueger's first defining moment behind the bench in Edmonton has raised eyebrows, particularly among those affected. With Ryan Smyth a healthy scratch and Darcy Hordichuk on his way to Oklahoma City, you can add Ryan Whitney's name to the list of frustrated Edmonton Oilers veterans. ... "I thought after last game I would be in, but I'm not," [Whitney] said. "I'm very frustrated. I want to play. We got outshot 40-14 and I'm not playing. That kind of shows where the thought on me is. I don't really know what to say." Asked if he thinks his future in Edmonton is secure, Whitney said he doubts it. "I would have to say right now it's not looking that way. They're paying me a lot of money and I'm not playing."

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February 13, 2013  08:26 AM ET

"I don't really know what to say."

Here - let me help...

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February 13, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Wow, a 40 yr old who is struggling with the "end of the line".

February 13, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wow, a 40 yr old who is struggling with the "end of the line".

Delusions of being a 25 year old again? what does he expect? I don't think I see him in Edmonton at the end of it all anyways.

February 13, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Good for the Coach ! Now if only Hartly in Calgary would do the same. Iginla has been horrible- stop rolling him out with the top line. Smyth has been playing on the third line and thats where Iginla should be playing. Coaches who feel they must be loyal to aging veterans quickly find out how little loyalty the GM has for them

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February 13, 2013  09:19 AM ET

"They're paying me a lot of money and I'm not playing"

Was this an article about Scott Gomez?

February 13, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Good for the Coach ! Now if only Hartly in Calgary would do the same. Iginla has been horrible- stop rolling him out with the top line. Smyth has been playing on the third line and thats where Iginla should be playing. Coaches who feel they must be loyal to aging veterans quickly find out how little loyalty the GM has for them

Keep rolling Iginla out there... at least one more night. :^)

February 13, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Just like old times.

Still makin' them pay for '97, Danny.

February 13, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

?? Whitney's 29 lol.Unless you're referring to Smyth. Smyth knew going into the season he would miss games. It's better for him overall, really. His body probably couldn't handle 48 games in 3 months.

Maybe getting confused with Ray Whitney? anyways... Smyth was over the hill when he came back... now in this sprint, he's likely to fall apart.

February 13, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wow, a 40 yr old who is struggling with the "end of the line".

Wrong Whitney....Ray plays for Dallas and has no complaints

February 13, 2013  09:27 AM ET

"Whitney doesn't see his future in Edmonton"

Whitney doesn't have a future if he doesn't get in shape and starts playing that he cares.

February 13, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Wrong Whitney....Ray plays for Dallas and has no complaints

Other than that broken foot that has him out for a few weeks.

February 13, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wow, a 40 yr old who is struggling with the "end of the line".

From the way he's been 'playing' it's easy to assume he's 40 years old, but he's only 29.

February 13, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Delusions of being a 25 year old again? what does he expect? I don't think I see him in Edmonton at the end of it all anyways.

He's only 29. D-men are usually at their peak at that age. But Whitney doesn't look like he cares all that much right now. He's out of shape, slow, clumsy and thinks that checking somebody is a cardinal sin, which is strange for a guy in the last year of his contract.

February 13, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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He's only 29. D-men are usually at their peak at that age. But Whitney doesn't look like he cares all that much right now. He's out of shape, slow, clumsy and thinks that checking somebody is a cardinal sin, which is strange for a guy in the last year of his contract.

He appears not to have recovered from his ankle injury. He looks a step behind when the other Team comes in fast.

February 13, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Keep rolling Iginla out there... at least one more night. :^)

Sadly , i am sure your request will be granted.

February 13, 2013  09:57 AM ET

and... Smyth earned his spot on the bench after that dumb penalty in the Wings game...he looked like an idiot...and he got a 10 minute miscon on top of it. I know..he's getting older but you can't just put your team down like that for unsportsmanlike when you're struggling anyway

February 13, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Other than that broken foot that has him out for a few weeks.

True Otis....I meant with the team or playing issues...lol

 
February 13, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Maybe getting confused with Ray Whitney? anyways... Smyth was over the hill when he came back... now in this sprint, he's likely to fall apart.

Yeah, Ryan started out with Pittsburgh and they traded him in 2009 for Kunitz and Tangradi. I think Shero got the better of that deal.

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