Darcy, bring us the Ray Whitney.
The player that will be the most coveted player behind Ilya Kovalchuk has to be Ray Whitney of the Carolina Hurricanes. Whitney is still in my nightmares from the playoff series with Carolina in the spring of 2006.
The Sabres, despite being a top the Northeast, could still use a little more punch on offense. Also adding veteran leadership never hurts either. With Ray Whitney that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Through 49 games with Carolina, Whitney has tallied 16 goals and 23 assists, good for the team lead in points. Those 16 goals would be good for tops on the Sabres, despite the team’s success this year.
Yes, I know it’d suck to see such an offensive power like Adam Mair get taken out of the lineup, but Whitney would also help the Sabres power play which has also had it’s problems this season.
Offense isn’t the only aspect Whitney brings to the table either. He’s a player that’s been around the block at few times. Whitney would add veteran leadership in the locker room and plenty of playoff experience (83 games), including a Cup ring from the ’05-’06 ‘Canes.
So, what would it take to get Whitney? Well, the Hurricanes probably aren’t looking for current high priced players so they’ll most likely want draft picks and or prospects in return. The Sabres don’t have much cap room, so they’d need to deal a roster player or two in order to free up the space to get Whitney. If the Sabres cleared the cap room in order to get Whitney, they could then possibly ship a first rounder, or a later pick and prospect like Mike Weber or Nathan Gerbe to the ‘Canes.
If the Sabres are serious about winning the Stanley Cup this season Ray Whitney should be a top or near the top of Darcy Regier’s trade deadline wish list.