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‘It was not a great year’ in Dallas, says Whitney

May 5, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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For all the bright spots in Dallas this season — the emergence of the Tyler Seguin-Jamie Benn duo, a playoff appearance for the first time in five years — things weren’t all that great for veteran forward Ray Whitney.

Whitney, the NHL’s fourth-oldest player, said his reduced role with the Stars and lack of minutes made for a less-than-satisfactory experience.

“It was not a great year — I’m not sure there are a whole lot of options out there,” Whitney said, per the Edmonton Journal. “The legs are still there, but it’s nearly impossible to get the legs moving when you’re over 40 and playing eight to 10 minutes and only on the power play.”

Whitney, 41, appeared in just 69 games for the Stars, scoring nine goals and 32 points. Considering his contract (at $4.5 million, the fourth highest-paid forward on the team) and previous production — just two years removed from a 24-goal, 77-point campaign — the year was a disappointment, though Whitney does acknowledge his slide down the lineup was deserved.

“After the first 10 games, I was on the second line, but the last three or four months, it was the fourth. They went with youth and they do have some good kids. I can’t deny that.”

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Whitney next season. He admitted teams likely won’t be “banging down the doors” to sign him, but the possibility of working in an NHL front office is something he’s intrigued by.

And if retirement is the play? Well, Whitney will walk away with a pretty solid career. He currently sits 63rd all time in NHL scoring, with 1,064 points, while capturing a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006.

  1. imleftcoast - May 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    I’d like to have him in Vancouver, but at $1m and on the power play.

  2. gbart22 - May 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Boohoo. The team made the playoffs playing those kids more so hush up. You’re an see player you make the most of the minutes assigned to you and the role you’re given and if you excel in it no coach will just keep you there just because of your age they will play you more and put you in different spots. Whitney was outshone by those younger players when put in different positions and thus led to his diminished role. To use an old cliche It’s not rocket science.

    • darksidecowboy - May 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Being a Stars fan I can admit that the Wizard had a less than stellar year, however chastising him even after he had a pretty good year the season before is stupid. Yeah the youth outplayed him but don’t think they didn’t listen to his pearls of hockey wisdom. Good luck to you Wiz and I expect a coaching job might be in your near future.

  3. valoisvipers - May 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    The Wizard should return to the Canes, they could use his leadership and help out on QB’ing the power play.

  4. gbatap - May 5, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    He’s lucky that he even got 8-10 minutes per game because he was pretty terrible in both ends of the rink. He even made the power play worse and that was supposed to be his bread and butter. If it hadn’t been for Ruff being overly loyal to a couple of the vets on the team Wiz would have probably sat more often then not.

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