Ray Whitney Signs with Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars lost a pretty critical piece in Mike Ribeiro last week, but they found another magical playmaker in the process to replace him. According to TSN's Aaron Ward, the Stars signed 40-year-old Ray Whitney to a two year deal worth $9 million total.

Whitney played with the Phoenix Coyotes last season, playing a significant role on their run to the Conference Final by scoring 77 points during the regular season and seven points in the playoffs.

Whitney, a left winger drafted in 1991, has been a consistent point producer and a bit of a floater in his NHL career. This will be his eighth stop in the NHL, formerly playing in San Jose, Florida, Columbus, Edmonton, Detroit, Carolina, Phoenix, and now Dallas for the next two years. 

This is the first deal of the day for the Dallas Stars, and a critical one to give the Stars some scoring punch, desperately needed towards the end of the season. Injuries caught up with them, and the younger players could not stay consistent. "The Wizard" may be able to help out in that respect.

Will age be a factor? Time will tell.

The Stars have plenty more cap space to work with. The big fish like Parise, Suter and Carle remain on the board. Will GM Joe Nieuwendyk make that big splash? This is just the beginning of the summer. We'll see as the day goes on.

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