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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Thursday, July 1, 2010

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed left wing Ray Whitney to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to sign Ray to a contract,” said Maloney. “He is a terrific offensive player who will help us on the power play. He is a great leader in the dressing room with a Stanley Cup Championship to his credit and will instantly upgrade our offensive attack.”

Whitney, 38, recorded 21-37-58 and 26 penalty minutes (PIM) in 80 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. Whitney spent the last five seasons with the Hurricanes where he registered 119-215-334 in 372 games. He also collected 12-14-26 in 42 playoff games with Carolina. In 2005-06, he tallied 9-6-15 in 24 playoff games to help lead the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Championship.

Whitney has appeared in 1,072 career NHL games with San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Columbus, Detroit and Carolina and has registered 324-545-869 and 395 PIM. He has also played in 83 career playoff games, collecting 18-25-43.

A two-time NHL All-Star (2000 and 2003), Whitney registered a career-high 83 points 32-51-83) in 2006-07. During his 18-year NHL career, Whitney has posted nine 20-goal seasons and has topped the 60-point mark eight times. Over the past four seasons, Whitney has averaged just under 70 points per season.

A native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Whitney represented Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Championship in Sweden and led Team Canada in scoring at the 1997 World Championship in Switzerland.

Whitney was originally selected by San Jose in the second round (23rd overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
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