The Dallas Stars acquired quite a few veterans this past offseason, whether it was through trade or free agency, in order to help them get back into the postseason. One of the veterans they added was Ray Whitney.
Unfortunately, the Stars haven’t been able to see too much of Whitney this season. He’s been on injured reserve since the beginning of February with a lower-body injury. His appearances at practice haven’t been too consistent, but it looks like he’s starting to inch closer to returning.
Prior to his injury, Whitney had appeared in just eight games, but tallied six points in those games. Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, one would imagine that having Whitney in the lineup would be a nice boost for this team. But they haven’t really had the opportunity to see what he can do.
The hope is that Whitney will be back in action with the Stars soon, which should provide a nice offensive boost. When you’re going on 41 years of age, any injury is going to be difficult to come back from. But Whitney could be ready to play as early as this week, potentially by Tuesday.
Whitney posted 77 points for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2011-2012. One shouldn’t expect him to continue to put up numbers like that when he does return, but he still has some mileage left in the tank. Getting him back in the lineup should be a big benefit for the Stars, not only from a statistical standpoint, but the veteran leadership he brings to the table as well.