Well, there doesn't seem to be any immediate benefits for the Ducks acquiring Whitney since they lost last night to Boston 6-0. The only stat he recorded last night was 1 total shot(s) in 24:19 minutes on the ice (TOI); 26 shifts.
It's also odd that Whitney returned home to Boston for "personal reasons" enabling him to meet up with his new team for their next game there. Funny how things work out, huh?!
The Ducks official webpage has a lengthy article about Whitney (Ducks Acquire Whitney from Pittsburgh) including links to the audio and transcripts of two conference calls with Whitney and Bob Murray (Ducks Executive Vice President and GM).
Prior to this trade, I said to John that Whitney could easily be traded to a team with interest in a defenseman (and would view him better than what they have or something they need) because he is still thought to be a top defenseman even though he hasn't done much with the Pens for the past two seasons. The Ducks were that team. I also think that Whitney could easily fit better somewhere else right now and hopefully for Whitney and Anaheim, that team is the Ducks even though I believe the Pens got the better of this deal.
My best to Whitney (he gave his best to Pittsburgh during his time here)!