Ray Whitney explains why he signed with Dallas


Jaromir Jagr will probably draw the most attention, but Ray Whitney is just as important to the Dallas Stars’ veteran movement.

Whitney spoke with Edmonton’s 1260 The Team about his decision to join the Stars, which Defending Big D transcribed.

“Obviously the length of contract was important. Dallas offered me two years right away,” Whitney said. “They were willing to give me that kind of commitment. They were the only team that was willing to give me that kind of commitment.”

“Phoenix did offer me a two-year [contract] but not anywhere near financially what the Dallas Stars did.”

Whitney raved about the Stars’ goaltending (aka Kari Lehtonen), stating that piece matters “probably more than anything.”

“You need a goaltender – it’s funny, you say Jamie Benn and Eriksson and we all love that, but the Phoenix Coyotes last year didn’t get to where they were going without Mike Smith,” Whitney said. ” … So all the teams that get anywhere and have any success, it usually starts with the goaltender out and I think Kari Lehtonen is one of the best in the league right now, and there are some talented people up front.”

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.