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Ryan Whitney rips the Edmonton Oilers’ decision to scratch him:

Ryan Whitney was not happy about being a healthy scratch, and he did not feel it was deserved. If there was any doubt about it at the time, he removed it with fiery comments on Sunday after the Oilers season had ended.

630 CHED’s Dan Tencer reported Whitney’s comments:

Whitney leaves very frustrated.
“I’m not going to name any names, but there were definitely some other guys who could have been scratched.” Whitney saying his goodbyes, talking about signing with another team, not happy with how it finished here.

The two logical players that Whitney could be talking about are fellow defencemen Mark Fistric and Corey Potter. Unfortunately for Whitney, the facts don’t appear to be on his side. That trio played mostly together, with Potter a plus-8, Fistric a plus-6, and Whitney a minus-7. Advanced statistics, such as shot attempts and on-ice scoring chances, also show Whitney to have had a much, much poorer season than either of his regular partners. Even David Staples scoring chance counting, which credits players only on chances for/against they actually participated in (and from what I’ve seen generally skews a little in favour of offensive players) shows Whitney lagging behind his teammates.

Ryan Whitney may be upset with the coaching staff for scratching him, but they made the right decision. He just was not as good as he needed to be.


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So he got scratched, and had the mentality 'there were a couple other guys who could have gotten scratched'.

Sounds like what every player has felt in every instance of anyone who has ever gotten scratched. This passes for news in Edmonton?

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