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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Ray Whitney, 42, announced his retirement as an NHL player Wednesday, capping a terrific career which produced 1,064 points (385-679) in 1,330 regular-season games.
Not bad for a guy who was once waived.
He put up consistent production thanks to soft hands, great passing and playmaking ability, and the heart the size of a mountain.
"For the past 23 years, I have had the privilege of earning my living playing hockey in the National Hockey League," Whitney said in a statement released by his agency, CAA Sports. "Along the way, I have made countless memories and friendships, which I will always cherish. Every city I played in, the fans welcomed my family and me with open arms, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
"I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of my teammates and coaches, especially the 2006 Stanley Cup team in Carolina. I was lucky to have great agents at CAA Sports, who stood by me through the good times and the tough times. I want to say a special thank you to my parents, who gave me the chance to do what I loved.
Matheson discusses Ray Whitney’s future, Lecavalier as a buyout candidate and shares Bowman thoughts
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson discusses a wide range of topics over the course of three Hockey World articles, pondering the fate of 42-year-old Ray Whitney, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer...
“I’ll be 42 years old and there won’t be a lot of people banging down the doors,” he said.
If it’s not the right location, like a Western Conference team — his family plans on staying in the desert this winter, Whitney might retire. He’ll be in management someday, if he wants to dive it into as Todd Marchant has done in Anaheim, Calif., where he’s head of player development for the Ducks.
“It was not a great year … I’m not sure there are a whole lot of options out there,” Whitney admitted. “The legs are still there, but it’s nearly impossible to get the legs moving when you’re over 40 and playing eight to 10 minutes and only on the power play. After the first 10 games, I was on the second line, but the last three or four months, it was the fourth. They went with youth and they do have some good kids. I can’t deny that.”
Wondering whether the Flyers will buy out Vincent Lecavalier after signing him to a 5-year deal that's become a millstone...
FRISCO, Texas -The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed forward Ray Whitney on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 9 when he suffered a lower-body injury against the Chicago Blackhawks. The club has also recalled forward Travis Morin from the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Fired up and yet measured in his comments, (Ray) Whitney is indeed frustrated.
"They’re like schoolyard bullies right now, they want everything. That’s not negotiating," he said. "With us coming down to 50-50 [split of revenues], I don’t see the need for this to go as long as this has."
Like me, however, Whitney sees a deal that can be made.
"I don’t think it’s far apart at all, in fact I think it can be done in one afternoon," said Whitney, before building up to a laugh. "I’d stuff them all in a room and tell them they can’t come out until it’s done. And we’re not sending any food, either."
via Aaron Ward tweet,
Ray Whitney agreed to terms w/ Dallas Stars at $9 million over 2 years. It is $4 million salary and $500000 in bonuses each year
Frisco, TX – The Dallas Stars announced today the club has signed forward Ray Whitney to a two-year, $9 million contract through the 2013-14 season ($4.5 million per season).
Whitney, 40, collected 77 points (24 goals, 53 assists) in 82 games for Phoenix last season, good for 12th in the league in points, and earned Second-Team All-NHL honors. Among league leaders, he was sixth in assists and ninth in plus/minus (+26), and he led the Coyotes in points, assists and plus/minus.
“Ray Whitney was among the most productive players in the league last season and showed he remains extremely capable and dangerous,” Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. “He’s a winner, a competitor and a leader, and we’re very excited he’ll be a Dallas Star.”
The Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Nashville Predators 4-3 in OT on a goal by Ray Whitney.
Mike Smith faced 42 shots to keep the Yotes in the game and in the 3rd period alone, he faced 16 while his teammates only fired one shot at Rinne who faced 24 for the game.
Here’s the Whitney OT goal….
added 12:52am, Watch the game highlights below…
Forget Darryl Sittler’s 10-point performance of 30 some-odd years ago…
I believe it is entirely possible that Washington’s John Erskine may have had the greatest hockey game in the history of the planet last night.
No, his stat line won’t wow you but this game-winner against Atlanta was just icing on top of a cake that already included layers of an epic scrap with Eric Boulton and the all kinds of awesomeness that is the Erskine ‘stache.
Take in the fight, please:
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The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.
With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.
Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.
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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.”
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Ray Whitney to Phx 2 years, 3 mil per
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.
Ray Whitney’s days with the Carolina Hurricanes may well be coming to an end.
On Monday, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News Observer that he does not expect the 38-year old to re-sign with the ‘Canes prior to the July 1st deadline when Whitney can become an unrestricted free agent.
“I think it will be difficult with where he will be at, contract-wise,” Rutherford told the NewsObserver. “I expect him to go into July (and the free-agent market). It appears that’s the way it’s going to go.”
They are both the same age, player A is actually five days older than player B.
Let’s look at career stats:
Player A, regular season- 1051 games, 322 goals, 527 assists, 859 points and -95
Player B, regular season- 1179 games, 356 goals, 495 assists, 851 points and +95
How about the playoffs you ask?
“Senators general manager Bryan Murray is looking for offensive help, and he’s going to look to a veteran player like Ray Whitney,” explains TSN Insider Darren Dreger. “The Hurricanes have a couple of veteran forwards that could be moved - Whitney is one, and Matt Cullen would be another one. Ottawa wants to add that scoring presence, that depth on their second or third line, and Whitney is a cheap add considering that he’s an unrestricted free agent on July 1.”
“The Pittsburgh Penguins are devoid of wingers and they need some help there,” adds TSN Insider Bob McKenzie. “How would Whitney look on a line with Sidney Crosby? Do you think Crosby might like that? Do you think Whitney, who has a no-trade clause, might like that?”
The Carolina Hurricanes will be without Ray Whitney for the next few weeks. The team announced on Friday that Whitney will undergo surgery on Saturday to repair a damaged bursa in his leg.
Whitney is expected to miss two to three weeks of action.