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Whitney is 39 years old and is pushing 40, but he would be a great fit for the Rangers. Why? He has 16 goals and 35 assists for a total of 51 points. If he were a Ranger, he would be leading the team in points. He could easily hit 70 points or more at his age.
Whitney would add scoring, power-play experience and veteran leadership to a relatively young hockey club. Whitney was a vital part of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 when they won the Stanley Cup, and he could have a similar impact for the Rangers.
Given the Rangers' current team makeup, adding a complementary piece like Whitney would not set back the youth movement and wouldn't jeopardize the future.
At the end of the day, if the price is right, Whitney would be the perfect piece to help Brad Richards on the second line and on the Rangers' ever-struggling power-play unit.
What could it take?
To Rangers: Ray Whitney
To Coyotes : Mats Zuccarello, 2013 NHL Entry Draft Pick (second round)
The Rangers and Coyotes have a trading history, and the proposed trade would be in line with the negotiations Glen Sather and Don Maloney have previously made.