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.”
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Last edited by Stars99Lobo37: 07-01-2012 at 02:07 PM.
No point of a NMC since he's a 35+ contract anyways right? Even burying him in the AHL wouldn't matter on the cap hit.
10 team NTC isn't a huge deal. If we wanted to move him at a deadline we still could.
They aren't worried about sending him to the AHL for cap savings though so I don't think that matters. The point is ... he's 40 years old, and there's a legitimate risk his game will fall off.
Should his game fall off enough, they could have said screw it and put him in the minors to make room for a young guy. This means he's in Dallas only. As a 40 year old guy, it makes sense to protect yourself from riding a bus ... even if your skills fall off.