Former Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney has signed a professional tryout offer from the St. Louis Blues, according to NHL reporter Andy Strickland.
The free agent blue-liner appeared in 34 games for the Oilers last season, scoring four goals and 13 points while averaging 18:28 of ice time per game.
Whitney, 30, was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in 2010 in exchange for defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky. Drafted fifth overall by the Penguins in 2002, Whitney was unable to live up to expectations in Edmonton in part due to multiple injuries. In 139 games over parts of four seasons, he finished with 12 goals and 71 points.
The Blues currently have six defencemen under contract, while top defender Alex Pietrangelo, a restricted free agent, remains unsigned.