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Canes winger Ray Whitney said today he has not closed the door on signing a new contract with the team.

"Never. Not at all," Whitney said in an interview. "Who knows what will happen. A lot can happen."

Whitney is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said it was unlikely Whitney would be be re-signed before then. Whitney, 38, was paid $3.55 million last season.

"I have a lot of admiration for Jimmy, a lot of respect for Jimmy and what he has to do," Whitney said. "He wants to go with younger guys and transition the team. I understand that. I also understand the issue with ownership and what they're trying to do in selling part of the team, and the situation with the (salary) cap. They may not have the money out there to sign me.

"I'd rather not move my family. We love it here. We'll have to see what happens."

Whitney has met twice with Rutherford, with the second meeting last week. He would not say what the Canes have offered him, or what he is asking for, but said his play over the last five years did not warrant a significant pay cut.

"I still feel I can play at a very high level," he said.

Whitney said there may be a contract resolution by July 1. Then again, it could take longer. A year ago, Erik Cole and Chad LaRose tested the free-agent market as unrestricted free agents before re-signing with the Canes.

But the Canes were willing to spend a lot more money last year, with the intent of making a run at the Stanley Cup. The self-imposed budget this year could be no higher than $44 million.

"Right now, it's just not working," Whitney said of the negotiations. "We'll see once July 1 comes. Or July 15. Or August 1. You never know.

"As I said, a lot can happen. There are still teams out there that need guys they believe can get them over the top. We'll see."

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I agree

family first...period

 

 

The Canes are Good,My Grandkids are Better, and Life is Great !! Go Canes !!

I'd love to keep...

...The Wiz for another 2 years, he'll play at a high level for that time with no problem, he hasn't slowed down a bit.  And we do need veteran leadership.

Maybe if Rutherford hadn't

Maybe if Rutherford hadn't given Cole much more money than he deserved last season, he could afford to sign Ray.

Ray don't go!!

We're hoping for the best!  With all the young talent, it's still necessary for the veteran leadership provided by THE WIZARD!!

JR ... RAY git'r done!!!

Ray

Ray should take a two year deal if it is offered @ 2.25mil. Their have been other team that are showing some interest. CBL, PIT, NYI, TAMPA, FLORIDA, among others. I can't see them signing him to a long term contract except maybe Tampa or Florida. Ray swollow your pride and take what's being offer to you and finish your career at Carolina.

Agree

with WAStout.  Do what is best, you'll always be a favorite in this town.  If we could only find a way to move Cole and Samsonov, there would be money to give Ray what he deserves.

Do What's Best for Your Family

Wizard: love for you to stay but you have to do what is best for your family...corporations never do.

Hate to see you go - I believe you have set a good example for the team and would work wonders for the rookies/new guys.

Good luck and will admire you no matter where you end up!

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at chip.alexander@newsobserver.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.
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