Ray Whitney (13) credit Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Life without the Wizard. Ray Whitney

How will the Coyotes fair without the service of Ray Whitney.

It seems within the past few season Arizona sports has lost it’s generals. The captains who controlled the offense. The Cardinals lost Kurt Warner and clearly have not been the same. The Phoenix Suns lost their MVP who did so much for Suns basketball on and off the court like Warner did on the field. Suns are a shell of their uptempo high octane offense. Without Nash and Warner the drop of is huge!

Ray Whitney had that unselfish spark plug going for the Coyotes. He skated in and out, up and down, all around. When on the ice you felt the tic tac toe tape to tape offense in your bones. Off the ice he kept the boys loose. He truly helped Doan get the guys ready and greeted them as they entered and exited the ice. Only time will tell if the offense will suffer without #13.  Is it really the same number as Nash and Warner? Would you believe me if I told you I hadn’t thought of that when beginning to write this article? Not much to write about these days. Wish the NHL would figure this deal out. One thing is for sure, I will miss all of the above. They were all ambassadors of fun and fast paced offense. For that I am grateful to have watched them all and cheered my lungs off for them. They prove that 13 is not an unlucky number. My daughter as born on the 13th and she is quite wonderful.

Going forward the lockout really hurts Whitney. He isn’t getting any younger. The Coyotes have a ton of young talent trying to scratch their way to the big leagues. This may of been the biggest reason both sides decided to go their separate ways. Don’t get comfortable though. We will have to face the Wizard and if he doesn’t torch us on the ice…be careful, he may just ghost you. He had been the joker in the clubhouse lurking behind teammates as they interviewed. I am happy I had the chance to get him. You will be missed Ray. Good luck and God speed.

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