Coyotes notes: Could The Coyotes bring back Whitney?
So with Whitney in town to face the Coyotes on Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena, and with the Coyotes facing his Stars two times in the next three games, the speculation has begun that Phoenix might consider bringing The Wizard back to add a little scoring punch for a playoff push.
Know this: The idea has been discussed. Whitney would fit like a glove on a line with Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal, his linemates during the memorable 2011-12 season.
Whitney’s play-making ability helped Vrbata score a career-high 35 goals, and there would be very little time required to get the three players reacquainted with one another’s styles — a huge benefit with the season winding down and the Coyotes still needing to make up ground in the standings.
Whitney would also add another veteran voice in the locker room — a voice of reason, accountability and humor.
But there are caveats. Whitney is the fourth-oldest player in the NHL behind Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne and New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur. He’ll turn 42 in May, and some close to him expect Whitney to retire this summer, 22 years after breaking into the league with San Jose.