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04-13-2012, 12:30 PM
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Coyotes Re-Sign Whitney, Aucoin


RAY WHITNEY



ADRIAN AUCOIN

Greybeards Ray Whitney and Adrian Aucoin have agreed to deals that will keep each in the Valley through their 40th birthdays.

Whitney agreed to a 3-year, $3.6M deal. He had one of his best seasons ever in 2011-12 finishing with 77 points (24g and 53a). Many of those assists came feeding Radim Vrbata, who had his best season ever with a team-leading 35 goals.

Aucoin signed a 2-year deal worth $2.5M per year. He continues to play in a top-4 role, eating up lots of minutes and playing a big role on the PK. He also serves as a great mentor to our young blue-liners.
David Rundblad, Chris Summers, Michael Stone, Connor Murphy and 2012 1st round pick Slater Koekkoek are working their way through our system, and Adrian provides stability and responsibility on the back-end while they develop.

He has been a big influence on Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who has emerged as a top-pairing defenseman after playing with Aucoin for much of the last 2 seasons.


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