In the first couple of hours of NHL free agency, arguably the biggest move came in the depths of the Lone Star State. The Dallas Stars picked up some offensive assistance in the form of one of the league’s oldest veteran’s.
40-year-old Ray Whitney agreed to a two-year contract with the Stars to continue what has already been a historic career. He has accumulated 365 goals and 638 assists in 20 seasons on the ice. During that time, he has spent time with seven different franchises and repeatedly proven that he is a consistent scorer.
And, despite his age, he hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. In 2011-2012, Whitney tallied 77 points and had a plus 26 rating in his time on the ice with the Phoenix Coyotes. Those were arguably the best numbers he has had in any season in his career. So, Dallas should be confident in the guy they’re bringing to the table.
Whitney joins a Stars team that was on the brink of a playoff spot this past season, but had very little success to speak of on the offensive end of the ice. Dallas was ranked 22nd in goals scored per game and 30th in power play percentage, which made them one of the least productive clubs in the NHL. They hope this move can begin to change their fortunes.