The signing of Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on Friday does not mean the club is suddenly disinterested in Ryan Whitney.
The NHL veteran was brought into camp on a professional tryout not only as insurance in case Pietrangelo’s absence lingered but as potential depth on the blueline.

“When I talked to Doug (Armstrong) when he invited me he said this isn’t just because Pietrangelo hasn’t been signed” Whitney said. “He was by no means saying I was going to make the team but he was also saying that they know even when he’s here they’re going to need a lot of defensemen.”

Whitney who was the No. 5 overall pick by Pittsburgh in the 2002 draft has spent the past four seasons with Edmonton where he finished off a six-year $25 million contract in June.

The 6-foot-4 left-handed shooting defenseman had four goals and 13 points in 34 games with the Oilers last season but when free agency rolled around he couldn’t find a job.

“It’s no lie you want to get a contract every summer” Whitney said “but things didn’t work out so it’s kind of just about starting over.”

The Blues were rumored to have interest in Whitney last season but instead signed Wade Redden.

“I think the style the Oilers play is certainly different than the style we play” Armstrong said. “We think that he can maybe play in our structure with a little bit more ease than that Oiler structure. Not saying that the Oiler structure is wrong and ours is right but different horses for different courses.