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by Paul on 06/15/10 at 03:59 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
...So, it’s almost 100 percent Whitney is going to hit the free-agent market on July 1. No hard feelings, though.
“It’s exciting,” Whitney told us Tuesday. “I wish I had finished my career in Carolina, but I understand the direction they’re going in. They’re getting younger and I totally get it. I have a lot of respect for Jimmy and have nothing but good things to say about the five years I spent in Carolina.”
“I like Ray a lot as a person, I really do like him,” said Rutherford. “Whatever happens, I wish him the best.”
As has always been the case during Whitney’s underrated career, the forward will enter free agency somewhat under the radar. But there isn’t a deep forward free-agent class this year, especially if Patrick Marleau and Tomas Plekanec stay put, something which has yet to be determined. Even if they don’t, once Ilya Kovalchuk goes, and potentially Marleau and Plekanec, some team will be looking at Whitney in a hurry.
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