Ray Whitney may have played his last game for the Carolina Hurricanes.
General manager Jim Rutherford said today that he has met with Whitney and that it appears the winger will not re-sign with Carolina before July 1, when Whitney will be an unrestricted free agent.
"I think it will be difficult with where he will be at, contract-wise," Rutherford said. "I expect him to go into July (and the free-agent market). It appears that's the way it's going to go."
Before the March 3 trade deadline, the Canes fielded trade offers for Whitney. But Whitney had a no-trade clause in his contract and opted to stay with the team, finishing third in points with 58 (21 goals, 37 assists).
Whitney has played the last five years for the Canes after signing as a free agent in August 2005. He was an integral part of Carolina's Stanley Cup run in 2006, and in the Canes reaching the Eastern Conference finals in the 2008-2009 season.