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Ray Whitney Could Return To The Phoenix Coyotes, But Is It A Good Idea?


A familiar face might soon return to the Arizona Desert.

Ray Whitney, who left the Phoenix Coyotes after the 2011-12 season has been surrounded in trade rumors that really depend on how the Dallas Stars are placed in the playoff race.

Both teams are fighting for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. That in itself would make a deal between the two highly unlikely, but if the Stars feel like their out of it or the Coyotes feel like they really need the push, the deal could still happen.

Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona wrote about the situation and says that while the re-acquisition of Whitney would definitely help the Coyotes offense, there is one big factor that stand in the way.

That is obviously his age. Whitney has denied Father Time for quite a while but he can’t do it forever and it’s not a sure thing that he will return next season.

If that were to happen, the Coyotes would be right back where they started in the off-season. I’ll echo something that Morgan also writes, it would be better if the Coyotes went after a younger player that perhaps has a year or two left on his contract.

Ray Whitney was an amazing player for the Coyotes and he helped them reach their greatest achievement when they made it the Western Confernce Finals in 2012. Perhaps, the Coyotes would want to recapture that magic by re-acquiring Whitney. However, it could cause more problems than success.

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