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2010 NHL Free Agency: Ray Whitney to test the market

Jun 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

Ray Whitney could be a interesting target once free agency starts on
Friday. He’s an experienced and still skilled forward who put up 58
points last season with Carolina.

While the Canes attempted to
reach an agreement with Whitney and his agent this past week, it looks
as though Whitney will be testing the market this summer.

GM Jim
Rutherford is still optimistic he signs with the Canes. Per Canes Now:

“We’re keeping the door open and hoping that he’ll come back to us,”
Rutherford said.

The team and Whitney’s agent were supposedly nowhere near close
financially on a potential deal, so now the Hurricanes hope that Whitney
isn’t overwhelmed by a better offer elsewhere. With the free agent
market not all that great this summer, it’s likely Whitney will find a
better deal with another team.

  1. Josh - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    I’m always glad to see some ‘Canes news on here, so thanks for this update on Whitney. Here’s my take: Jim Rutherford always says he’s “leaving the door open” to every player the Hurricanes let go of – in fact, just today he also said it about the RFAs (including Brett Carson…ouch) they didn’t make qualifying offers to: http://hurricanes.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=533106&navid=DL|CAR|home
    Really, he literally says this every time he lets a player go. And it works: Many players who were once ‘Canes return to the team later on, it’s just that Whitney, who is awesome by the way, is too old to come back for a second tour and also it just so happens that Carolina has a lot of good options at wing this year. Young guys they’ve developed, nobody to get excited about (ironical tomfoolery alert: somebody who writes for this blog thinks Carolina is a stagnant, regressive organization – obviously fans disagree). I honestly don’t think anyone with the Hurricanes hopes Whitney comes back; for what they’d pay him they can get a desperately-needed D-man or set something aside for the trade deadline. If Ray gets nothing but crickets on the market, of course they’d have him back, but he’s 37 and the team is trying to get younger and has, as I said, a batch of young forwards who have done their time in the AHL and deserve a shot. I’ll still be wearing my #13 Wizard jersey to games this year.

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