Fantasy Impact: The Dallas Stars have signed veteran winger Ray Whitney to a two-year deal for $9 million.
Dallas gets: a winger who made the NHL's second All-Star Team, coming off the second best season of his 20-year career (77 points).
Fantasy Players Impacted: Whitney loses Radim Vrbata, and at 40 years of age it is silly to expect 77 points again. Dallas is a decent fit, but there are plenty of better ones and I would draft him with 60 points as my goal for him. With the loss of Mike Ribeiro, and the loss of PP time stemming from this signing - Michael Ryder almost certainly takes a hit.
However, at this point Cody Eakin has a shot as the second-line center (unless and until the Stars sign someone else). Whoever plays center on the second line receives a boost thanks to Whitney.
Fantasy Players this helps, in order:
1. Eakin (or whoever is second-line center)
2. Alex Goligoski
Fantasy Players this hurts, in order: