Hurricanes re-sign Whitney

Ray Whitney was rewarded for a career season on Friday, signing a three-year, $10.65-million US deal to stay with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ray Whitney was rewarded for a career season on Friday, signing a three-year, $10.65-million US deal to stay with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Whitney totalled 32 goals and 51 assists for Carolina, which became the first defending Stanley Cup winner in over a decade to fail to qualify for the playoffs.

The goal total tied a personal best, while the 83 points beat his previous career high.

The forward, who turns 35 in May, would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer. He earned $1.5 million this season.

"Ray's leadership on and off the ice is important to our success in the future," said Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford. "He has the dedication and desire to win that a team needs, and he makes the players around him better."

It was Whitney's second season with the Hurricanes. He scored several key goals and finished with nine goals and 15 assists during the team's run to the Stanley Cup last year.

The Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., native was drafted by San Jose in 1991 and has also played in Edmonton, Florida, Columbus and Detroit.