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Oilers acquire Ryan Whitney - 03-03-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

And the legend of Ray Shero grows a little bit more.

The Ducks dealt former Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney (right) and a sixth-round pick in 2010 to the Oilers in exchange for defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

Whitney, 27, has 28 points (four goals, 24 assists) and is a minus-6 in 62 games. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after 2012-13. He has a salary cap hit of $4 million.

Visnovsky, 33, has 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) and is a minus-four in 57 games. He is also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after 2012-13. he has a salary cap hit of 5.6 million.

The Ducks acquired Whitney, the fifth overall pick in 2002, from the Penguins last season in exchange for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.

EN Says: Wow. This is is a stunner. When the Ducks acquired Whitney, Anaheim general manager Bob Murray defended the move very strongly. Just over a year later, he moves Whitney out of town for an older more expensive player.

Whitney can still develop into a legit No. 2 defenseman in this league, but he's well past the age of being a project.

Visnovsky gives the Ducks instant offense. Especially on the power play. He's fantastic at moving the puck, especially when it comes to gaining the blue line on the power play. Like Whitney, he's not all that strong on defense, but unlike Whitney, a lot of that is forgiven because he produces on offense.

(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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