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Legacy: Ray Whitney has made a career out of being an offensive dynamo. He's not a big player, not overly physical, but he can stay healthy by avoiding the big hit and is a sublime passer and offensive contributor. There are very few players in the game's history who have been able to play at a sustained level in the NHL at this size.
Current Status: Whitney's offensive numbers are fading, and the Dallas Stars appear to be morphing into a big, physical team. Whitney, at age 41, is finding the going tougher than ever.
Why He'll Retire: Whitney is at an age where any little thing might be enough for him to lose out on opportunities. This season, his shooting percentage has gone from 17.7 percent a year ago to under 7 percent in 2013-14. Whitney is paid to post offense, and it isn't coming as quickly this year. It might be the end of the line.