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Oilers deal Visnovsky

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:58 PM ET

The Oilers made a last-minute splash at the trade deadline, getting defenceman Ryan Whitney from the Anaheim Ducks.

Whitney is a big body at 6-4, 219 pounds. He had 28 points in 62 games for Anaheim this season and earns $3.5 million. He has huge potential, drafted fifth overall in 2002, but this is his third team in the last three years. He spent four years with the Penguins before going to Anaheim in 2008.

He had a career high 59 points with Pittsburgh in 2007.

Visnovsky was Edmonton's highest paid player - he made $7 million this year and is a $5.6 million cap hit until 2013.

Earlier in the day the Oilers picked Nashville winger Ryan Jones on waivers Wednesday. The 6-0, 200 pound winger spent half the season in the AHL but had 11 points and 18 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Predators.

He's a player with lots of potential but hasn't been able to deliver on it yet. The 25-year-old did have a four game goal scoring streak in December, but hasn't had a point since Jan. 26.

Picking up a forward off of waivers suggests an Oilers forward or two will be on the way out later today.


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