Whitney has the one ring to rule them all

Ray Whitney skates up to a face off against the Nashville Predators in Game Five of the Western...

Ray Whitney skates up to a face off against the Nashville Predators in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:42 PM ET

GLENDALE, ARIZ. - There’s only one Stanley Cup ring on the Phoenix Coyotes.

It belongs to veteran Ray Whitney and he doesn’t show the bling he earned with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 very often, usually only once a year.

“Just when I feel like showing off. I’ll take it to Vegas because everything bling works in Vegas. You’re not insulting anybody in Vegas, everybody has something on,” said the 40-year-old. “That’s about it though. I don’t wear it too often. I feel bigger when I have it on, for some reason. I walk a little bit sideways.

“I got small hands and the (bleeping) thing takes up my whole fist. They’re so big now. My dad has two Stanley Cup rings with the Oilers in the '80s (he was a security guy) and the rings they gave our wives were bigger than the ones the Oilers got back then. Imagine the size of mine. It takes from knuckle to knuckle. They’re so big. It’s just something to show.”

Whitney is seeing some comparisons now between that Cup run in Carolina and here.

“That’s what’s weird about being here right now. The similarity to Carolina is at the start of the year we were ranked 29th by most people," he said. "I don’t think we were ranked very high this year, either.

“That’s what’s the beauty of playing in the NHL, once you get in ... even the team we beat in the finals that year was Edmonton, they were the eighth seed. We’re playing an eighth seed again," he added. "Two teams that barely got in are playing to go to the Cup. Hockey is one sport that the parity is so good that once you get in, you can go all the way. I don’t think you see a whole lot of that in basketball. That’s the difference in the sports, I think.”

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