Pens' Whitney ready for training camp
Ryan Whitney will take the ice Wednesday to begin training for the upcoming NHL season -- and he will do so with full confidence in his previously injured left wrist.
"Basically, it is 100 percent ready to go," Whitney said Monday of the wrist, which was surgically repaired April 26 in Pittsburgh by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Glenn Buterbaugh.
Whitney was in Pittsburgh yesterday to meet with Buterbaugh, who cleared him to engage in preseason training activities such as stick-handling and shooting. Whitney, a left-handed shooter, had been rehabilitating the wrist in his native Boston, but had yet to shoot a puck.
"I am to the point where I have the same strength in my left wrist that I do my right," Whitney said. "I can do everything I normally would, which is a relief. Dr. Buterbaugh said that I have a good range-of-motion and that I am ready to go."
Whitney, 25, finished this past regular season tied for fifth among NHL scoring defensemen, with 14 goals and 59 points. He signed a six-year extension worth $24 million on July 1.