Panthers add depth at defense with Whitney signing

The Florida Panthers bolstered their defense ahead of the regular season, agreeing to terms with Ryan Whitney on a one-year contract Monday.

Whitney was released from his tryout with the St. Louis Blues last week.

The 30-year-old Boston native has totaled 50 goals and 209 assists in 474 career games with Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Edmonton. He spent the past three- plus seasons with the Oilers and posted 13 points, including four goals, in 34 games during the shortened 2013 campaign.

Whitney was selected fifth overall by the Penguins in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

The Panthers open their season on Thursday in Dallas.