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February 5, 2014 | 1:50pm ET
Coyotes to bring back Whitney?

If the Dallas Stars end up moving veteran left wing Ray Whitney by the March 5 trade deadline, the Phoenix Coyotes could most certainly be a potential suitor.

Whitney, 41, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and if the Stars falter down the stretch, there's a good chance he'll be moved.

"If we're in it, they probably won't do anything," Whitney told the Arizona Republic. "If we stumble here down the stretch, maybe they will. I don't really know what their thought is yet."

Whitney owns a limited no-movement clause and can list up to 10 teams he will not accept a trade to.

He spent two seasons with the Coyotes before joining the Stars last season.

On Jan. 20, TFP reported the Coyotes' interest in bringing Whitney back to Arizona, as Phoenix GM Don Maloney is looking for a top-six winger.

According to multiple reports last month, Whitney had been disappointed with his ice time this season and will attract plenty of interest if the Stars opt to move him.

The Republic claims the Coyotes would like to add someone to play alongside Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal, a position Whitney flourished in.

"I know where Vrby likes to go because he's going to be in a position to shoot and score goals," Whitney said. "I could lots of times throw it blind to that spot, but I think in general they're kind of a puck possession line. They play a European game, and I started my career in San Jose with a couple great Europeans with (Sergei) Makarov and (Igor) Larionov, so I understand the puck possession game."

Whitney, who plans on moving to the Phoenix area with his after this season, could opt to sign with the Coyotes in the summer as a free agent.

"Depending on where I am and what happens in the summer, if Don (Maloney) calls and needs somebody to do something for him, then possibly yes," Whitney said.

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