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Ray Whitney Joins Phoenix for Two Years

Jul 1, 2010 – 3:19 PM
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Christopher Botta

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In a mild surprise, veteran scoring wing Ray Whitney has been signed to a two-year contract by the Phoenix Coyotes. The deal is worth $3 million a year.

The 38-year-old Whitney wanted to go to a contender, and maybe he has. Money is always a concern in Phoenix, where the NHL future remains very much uncertain, but the Coyotes lost defenseman Zbynek Michalek to Pittsburgh in free agency on Thursday and could lose Matthew Lombardi.

In 80 games with Carolina last season, the 5-10 Whitney had 21 goals and 37 assists for 58 points. He was third on the Hurricanes in scoring. In 1,072 career NHL regular season games with San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Columbus, Detroit and Carolina, Whitney has 324 goals and 545 assists for 869 points.

While Coyotes general manager Don Maloney will need to fix a hole on the blueline with the departure of Michalek, he added some much needed skill at forward with the fair-cost signing of Whitney.
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