RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Left wing Ray Whitney, the Carolina Hurricanes' leading scorer, signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract Friday.
``Ray's leadership on and off the ice is important to our success in the future,'' said Jim Rutherford, the team's president and general manager. ``He has the dedication and desire to win that a team needs, and he makes the players around him better.''
Whitney would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Whitney led the Hurricanes and tied for 21st in the NHL with a career-high 83 points. He tied his career high with 32 goals.
The Hurricanes originally signed Whitney as a free agent on Aug. 6, 2005.

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