Ray Whitney has signed a two year, $9 million deal with the Dallas Stars. The 40 year old left winger put up astounding numbers last season with the Phoenix Coyotes, surprising everyone with a 24 goal, 53 assist season. The addition of Whitney fills a hole in the top six depth of the Stars, but at 40 years old, the signing is without a doubt a size-able risk.
Can Whitney replicate that kind of success? He will be a huge addition to a lacking Stars power play and his ability as a play maker is well known by everyone in the league. Giving players like Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson a veteran play maker to create chances is something the Stars would have been sorely missing with the loss of Ribeiro. The Stars need the kind of player Ray Whitney was last season, the question is if he can come back and do it again. At the very least, Whitney has been a lock for 50+ points as he hasn’t failed to reach that number since 2003-2004. With a two year deal, this is likely Ray Whitney’s last contract as an NHL player, choosing to end it with a young team in Dallas shows what kind of talent and potential the Stars have. It’s a gamble, no doubt, but it could pay off big time for a Stars team that was desperate to replace the 60-70 points Mike Ribeiro brought to the team.
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