February 7, 2013
Whitney: Who's calling the shots in Phoenix?
By QMI Agency

Phoenix Coyotes Ray Whitney skates during the warm up before facing the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta. Feb. 23, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY)

Ray Whitney, the Phoenix Coyotes top scorer last season, wasn’t going to stick around and be low-balled during contract negotiations with general manager Don Maloney.

That’s why he signed with Pacific Division rivals the Dallas Stars on July 1. But Whitney questioned if Maloney was able to offer him more as the National Hockey League is currently in control of Phoenix’s purse strings.

“Not having an owner, trying to go to the National Hockey League to get approval on a contract like I got, which I’m assuming Don has to do, it’s not necessarily Don saying no. It’s Don fighting to get the dollar where he wants it, but it’s the league saying, ‘We’re not giving a 40-year-old a two-year contract,’” Whitney told AZCentral.com. “Bill Daly and those guys aren’t really out here on a day-to-day basis watching games. They’re just saying, ‘He’s 40, and we’re not giving it to him.’ I would guess.”

Details on what Phoenix was offering Whitney during the off-season were not divulged by Maloney, who told AZCentral.com that it was below market value for Whitney, who scored 77 points during the ‘Yotes 2011-12 campaign.

“I wasn’t going to take a hometown discount just because,” Whitney said. “The discount that they wanted me to take was a lot bigger than one might think. It was basically the same contract I played on, and I thought I’d earned more, money-wise. It was the same, structured differently, but the money was about the same. There was no raise.”

Whitney made $6 million in two seasons with the Coyotes before signing a two-year deal worth $9 million with the Dallas Stars.


Maloney should have known better to low-ball Whitney. He’s not known as a man who’s loyal to cities, being on eight teams in 21 seasons.

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