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If speed and goal-scoring ability at a manageable cost are what the Penguins are looking for to replace Pascal Dupuis, Ray Whitney may be the perfect candidate.
Since Whitney's name has been connected to the Pens in trade rumors for years, most might dismiss the possibility as old news but the situation is different this year.
Whereas Whitney had been an integral part of playoff-bound teams in Carolina and Phoenix who each wanted a top-pick in return, the Dallas Stars are tied for tenth place in the Western Conference and are looking to rebuild.
In addition, he had demanded a contract extension as a condition to waiving his no-trade clause in previous years and that, coupled with a high asking price took him off the table for the Pens.
However, Whitney is now 41 and maybe looking for one last postseason ride. Playing alongside Sidney Crosby wouldn't be a bad way to ride off into the sunset.