Canes' Whitney will enter free agency
Posted June 7, 2010
Updated June 9, 2010
Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford spoke with Carolina Hurricanes pre and post game show host Mike Maniscalco Monday afternoon and told him that Ray Whitney will go into free agency when it begins July 1st.
Rutherford said that with the direction the team is headed and what Whitney wants to do, he does not believe the team will be able to bring Whitney back.
Whitney is a verteran winger who won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2006. This past season Whitney had 21 goals and 37 assists, ranking third behind Staal and Jokinen.
Whitney made 3.55 million last year, and almost left the team before the trade deadline this past season.
Maniscalco asked Rutherford if Whitney would test the market the way Erik Cole and Chad LaRose did last season, but quickly re-signed with the Canes. Rutherford's response, "That is something you have to ask him."
Whitney was far into negotiations with the Los Angeles Kings, but terms of the trade could not be negotiated and Whitney stayed at Carolina.
John Forslund, TV play-by-play announcer for the Hurricanes told the Insiders on 620 the Buzz that he believes there is a market in the league for Whitney's services. Forslund stating that "The Hurricanes need Ray Whitney. No matter how many young players you are going to infuse in the lineup, you are going to have to insulate those young players with some kind of veteran leadership, but also leader that can put points on the board." He went on to add that he doesn't believe that Whitney's free agency is an issue where "you can say Ray Whitney makes too much money, and won't fit the payroll, so away he goes."