The Blues have trimmed down their defense to seven Friday releasing veteran Ryan Whitney from his professional tryout with the club.

Whitney 30 played in three preseason games with the Blues. He had no points and an even plus-minus rating.

The Blues host the Minnesota Wild tonight in their final exhibition game. Whitney was not scheduled to be in the lineup as the team is expected to suit up the same top-six defensemen that will be on the ice on opening night Oct. 3.

Whitney a veteran of 400-plus NHL games wasn't overwhelming in camp but he potentially provided the Blues with depth on defense something they need.