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06-21-2010, 10:01 AM
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Sure Whitney's production last season is a concern, especially since he scored only 2 goals in his final 20 games (and none in his final 12). There is a small chance he will go Slava Kozlov on us. But I think his weaker season had more to do with being on a crappy team in general. He was still the Canes' #3 scorer. And his age is the only reason why he'll be affordable for us at all. We're not getting a 65 point scorer in his prime for 3 million a year.

The difference to Guerin is that Whitney can still move and create offense where Guerin was only a leech. Billy always relied on his physical attributes and now that much of that is gone, he's toast. Whitney has always been a smart and shifty guy and those things don't degrade as much with age. He's also been pretty healthy in recent years aside from an ankle injury in 2008.

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