Oilers swap Visnovsky for Whitney
The Edmonton Oilers traded defencemen with the Anaheim Ducks on NHL trade deadline day, with Ryan Whitney heading to Alberta for Lubomir Visnovsky.
The Oilers also secured a sixth-round draft pick in the deal.
The 27-year-old Whitney is on the move for the second straight year, having been sent from Pittsburgh to the Ducks late in the 2008-09 season.
Whitney has scored four goals and 24 assists in 62 games with Anaheim this season. The six-foot-four Boston native has 38 goals and 150 assists and 283 penalty minutes in 335 NHL games.
"I'm looking forward to helping that team and being a leader [in Edmonton]," said Whitney, who will make an average of $4 million US a season through the 2012-13 campaign.
Whitney admitted to being a little surprised by the move.
"All of sudden you have to get clothes ready and get stuff shipped out," he told Hockey Night in Canada's Mark Lee. "It can get a little hectic which is normal but it's part of our lives and the business we chose.
Visnovsky is under the same contract term, but turns 34 in the summer and earns about $1.5 million more per season.
The Topolcany, Czech Republic native was in his second season with Edmonton, with 10 goals and 22 assists in 57 games.
He heads back to Southern California, having spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Kings.
Edmonton also receives a sixth round draft pick in the June entry draft.
The Oilers earlier in the day plucked forward Ryan Jones off waivers from the Nashville Predators.
Jones has played 87 NHL games, all with Nashville. The left-winger has scored 14 goals and 14 assists, with 40 penalty minutes.
The Chatham, Ont., native was originally drafted by Minnesota in 2004 and traded to the Predators four years later in a multi-player deal that saw Marek Zidlicky head to the Wild.
Jones, 25, played collegiately at Miami University in Ohio.