Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/22/10 at 07:17 PM ET
from Craig Morgan of FSArizona,
“When we started looking at free agents, we identified two players in our price range that could come in and play a top-six forward role and help our power play,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. “When we talked to Ray, we knew he had a relationship with Phoenix because he belongs to a golf club here and has spent time here, so we thought there was a chance he’d be attracted to us.”
It was more than a chance. While other clubs were offering one-year deals based on Whitney’s age, Phoenix offered him two years and about $6 million.
“I had some other offers and I believe some more were coming,” Whitney said. “I probably could have gotten two years from other teams, but I would have had to squabble and haggle over it. What’s the point? Phoenix came first, they were sincere, and I got a chance to go play with one of the top 10 teams in the league last season. I was really comfortable with the decision.”
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