Ryan Whitney skated for 40 minutes this morning, but he didn’t return for the 2nd session with group A. Whitney gave us an update on how he felt, and when Oiler fans can expect to see him play.

Was the plan going in to have you only skate for 40 minutes?

Whitney: Yep. It will probably be like that for a week. They’d rather have me wishing I could be out there longer rather than thinking I’ve got to get off cause it’s been too long. I could definitely have stayed out there, but for the first seven days it looks like I’ll only be going about 40  minutes, and hopefully after that I’ll be ready to go.

What is the biggest issue? Mobility or is it a painful?

Whitney: No. It’s actually feels great for the first 30 or 40 minutes, but then when it gets tired it gets really sore. It’s about strengthening it endurance-wise and making it stronger when it gets tired. The pain doesn’t come until it’s get tired or worn down, and right now that’s about 30 or 40 minutes in. I need to get it up to 90 minutes or two hours.

You said you were trying some new orthotics. Have you noticed a difference at all?

Whitney:  It is feels good. It’s supporting my arch a bit more. The injury happened when my foot fell and that can’t happen with these orthotics. It’s just about trying different things until something works. When I was playing last year, and playing well, there was nothing in my skate, so either way it’s no big deal. I’m just looking for kind of addition that can help.

How does this set you up going into the season? Does this put you behind schedule?

Whitney: I hope not. My goal is to get two or three exhibition games. I know the last two are back-to-back, so if I don’t get one before then, I know I’ll only play one. Maybe I can get the one before then, I think it is Calgary in ten days, so that’s a good goal to have.  If it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world, but after not playing for half a season it would be tough to jump into the regular season. I’d like to get some warmup games.

Do you think you’ll be a 20-minute a night guy instead of 25 minutes to start the season?

Whitney: Ralph (Krueger) talked to me already and said the first game I play will only be 18-20 minutes. It might be like that for a little bit, which is fine. The best thing they said to me is have me hoping I could play more or stay on the ice longer, rather than playing too much and re-injuring it. That’s a pretty good way of looking at it, the coaches thought of it, so I’m going to go that way once the games start.

Back in Pittsburgh you rushed back too soon. How important is it to be patient this time?

Whitney: I think that is the biggest thing. The best thing is that the team is with me right now with that. Not that Pittsburgh wasn’t, it was more me being selfish and wanting to play before I was necessarily ready. The guys here are all telling me they are with me and I should take my time. Not only would I hurt myself, and the way I play, if I came back early, but I wouldn’t help the team. It’s about doing the best thing for both of us.

I get a sense the organization has become more cautious when it comes to returning from injuries. Whitney, Ales Hemsky and Colten Teubert have all been held back a bit, and I don’t think that was always the case in the past.

It’s a nice change, and one the Oilers hope helps keep guys on the ice and off the injured list. 

  • Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

    The injury happened when my foot fell and that can’t happen with these orthotics

    Does that mean he really can’t re-injure himself? More just a discomfort thing that probably would lead to swelling?

    • Dick move.

      Ever consider that this stuff is being written to give us information as soon as possible and is probably not being done with a lot of time for editing? Heck, it’s probably being done on a laptop/tablet/phone.

    • Jason Gregor

      Mr. Grammar police, the irony is that you don’t even now how to properly spell misspell. So I doubt the Nation will be asking for you to edit articles.

      You are right I wrote my instead of me a few times, and also had then instead of when. I missed a few commas as well. My bad.

      I’m going to guess that my rate of mistakes per sentance was much better than your 1 for 1 ratio. Thanks though.

    • Jason Gregor

      Gregor is a radio guy not a writer… but we all like his articles so don’t be a prick about it… he knows his stuff about the thing that matters… Hockey.

  • paul wodehouse

    …it’s really a shame we couldn’t do a three way deal to get TEN MILLION DOLLARS to Drew Doughty… is Paul Holmgren out of hospital yet? He could make a fake deal up for us and Lombardi could look left when we slipped Doughty the cash…leave Lombardi with a bag ‘o pucks …

    is there no way of backing up our #1 Dman when we know he’s carrying fragile stickers in his jock?

  • Some of you people need to untie your panties. Gregor has posted three great articles from the rink today to keep us updated. Show some appreciation.
    I’m sure he is going for quickness rather than getting the Nation’s 94 strong army of monkey editors to comb through the grammar and spelling!

  • Keep it on hockey boys. Keep the comments to the sport. Let’s quit picking at each other and save it for the Flames and Casmucks. True hockey fans, we have arrived, let the games begin. Mouth breathers, try to look intelligent and say something witty, or stupid I mean.

  • paul wodehouse

    …what is it?…fear of putting out a bad vibe?…insinuating that the subject matter is ho hum? everyone that matters isn’t here and doesn’t care?

    where in the world is Ender when you need him?

    got anything Sean?

  • OutDoorRink

    Besides, how could you expect Jason to type without making mistakes when he’s wearing those huge Jewish Grandmother glasses. Can we tawk?

    I kid, I kid!

  • positivebrontefan

    While we are on the subject of Grammar, and this is no knock on Jason but a funny anecdote I saw recently. It made me laugh.

    Keep up the good work Jason.

    “English Grammar: Capitalization”

    “In the world of hi-tech gadgetry, I’ve noticed that more and more
    people who send text messages and emails have forgotten the art of capitalization.
    For those of you who fall into this category, please take note of the
    following statement.”

    “Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack
    off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse.”