Whitney to the Bruins?

Ray Whitney’s name keeps bubbling up as a potential pickup for the Bruins. Not the first time the crafty winger’s name has been linked to the Black and Gold. He is making $3 million in Phoenix and is on track to be an unrestricted free agent next July 1. Whitney, 39, collected 57 points last season with the Desert Dogs, the same number Patrice Bergeron put up as Boston’s No. 3 scorer.

If there proves to be a Mark Recchi void in the attack, Whitney likely would be a prime target. The Bruins already have room against the cap, and given that Marc Savard’s $4 million hit will go off the books this week, Whitney would be an easy financial fit. Might be far less complicated for general manager Peter Chiarelli to pull the trigger early rather than get boxed in come the March trading deadline when the Coyotes would have a handful of Cup-hopeful bidders to extort.