Ryan Whitney set fire to the internet this afternoon with a couple of noxious quotes at his exit interview with the media. The two items of most interest:
and Whitney’s comment to a reporter that he wasn’t going to “name names” but there were others (aside from him) who could have been scratched. It’s the kind of quote you never see in hockey, and one I suspect Whitney will regret. The sad fact is that he was physically unable to play at an acceptable level. I understand his frustration, but of course the comment will have “legs” and put him in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.
A completely baffling moment.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest Whitney would have been made available throughout the NHL at the deadline, and those are the same teams he’ll be looking to for employment in the fall. I can’t imagine taking a shot at teammates in such a public way plays well with any of those organizations, no matter the situation or level of frustration.
Jonathan Willis also has a story on the situation here.