NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Ray Whitney

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NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Ray Whitney
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Despite sitting happily in seventh place in the West, with a 7-2-1 record in the last 10, the Phoenix Coyotes are expected to sell this trade deadline, and Ray Whitney may be their most sought after asset.

Although trading the star veteran would be a horrible idea, the rumors of his availability are enough to get teams interested.  

Whitney, in my opinion, is one of the most valuable and underrated players on the market heading to the deadline. The left-winger leads the team with 53 points and a plus-20 rating (not bad for a team who's scored just five more goals than it's allowed). 

What makes him so dangerous, other than the fact that he's 39 years old and has seen and done it all, is that Whitney is quietly a points leader in the NHL.  

If you were told prior to the season that Whitney would have more points than Joe Thornton, Zach Parise, Alexander Ovechkin, Anze Kopitar and Corey Perry come February, you'd think whoever told you was crazy; and rightfully so. 

It's even hard to believe now, as he's quietly registered 16 goals and 37 assists. It's the quiet nature of Whitney that makes him so dangerous. Other teams should fear his offensive talent, but they don't. 

This is the exact type of player teams are looking for down the stretch of the playoffs.  

If Phoenix does bite the bullet and part ways with Whitney, the following is a list of the five most likely destinations.

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