Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 2/6/12
Ray Whitney will play his 1,200th NHL game tonight against Detroit. If my calculations are correct, hes one of just 91 players to achieve that milestone. That doesnt mean he has a bottle of champagne at the ready in the Coyotes locker room. A thousand is the big one, Whitney said. After that, it just means youre getting old. It also means youve stayed healthy and youre pretty good. Teams dont keep 39-year-old wings who are generously listed at 5-foot-10 unless they can produce. Whitney does on the ice, where he leads the team in points with 45. And he does in the locker room, where hes one of the most respected guys for his practical approach and one of the most beloved for his practical jokes. Whitney has an appreciation for major milestones like the Stanley Cup he won in Carolina. Hed like to hit 1,000 career points this season, which means he needs 29 in the Coyotes final 30 games. But hes played the game far too long, and in far too many places, to get wrapped up in a single number, including his rapidly approaching 40th birthday and his not-too-distant retirement. Teemu Selannes going to be 42 at the end of this year, and hes still going strong, said Whitney, who will be a free agent after the season. I know the end isnt coming at the end of this year. Ill just go year to year and as long as I feel good Ill keep playing. Nobodys looking to tie me up until Im 45, but they can if they want.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

DeMar DeRozan: It will be ‘pretty tough’ for me to leave Raptors

Super Bowl referee says Cotchery play could have been a catch

The NBA is one step closer to putting ads on jerseys

Archie Manning defends Cam Newton over press conference

Dwight Howard: ‘I have not asked the Rockets to trade me’

Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture


Hassan Whiteside suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn labrum

Report: Antonio Tarver suspended six months, fined $50,000 for positive test

Texans owner wants team to draft a top quarterback

Subban undergoes larynx surgery, out at least eight weeks

Report: Raiders staying in Oakland for 2016 season

Chris Harris: Von Miller should get paid more than JJ Watt

4 likeliest Dwight Howard trade scenarios

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Penn State the latest to offer generic football jerseys for sale

Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

NBA to weigh adding advertisements to jerseys

ESPN, Stephen A. Smith and Little League International sued by parents of Jackie Robinson West

Kobe Bryant shoots down notion he wants All-Star MVP record

Justin Tuck will sign one-day contract to retire with Giants

Ronda Rousey returns to training

Von Miller likely to get franchise tag from Broncos

Barry J. Sanders transferring to Oklahoma State

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker