Whitney goes to Dallas.

The Dallas Stars have made the first truly notable signing of the opening day of NHL free agency, signing former Coyotes winger Ray Whitney to a two-year, $9 million contract, worth an average annual cap hit of $4.5 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ordinarily you wouldn’t see a 40-year-old winger getting a two-year deal worth that much per season, but Whitney is no ordinary 40-year-old winger. With 77 points last season with the Coyotes, he remains among the league’s best playmakers, and his skills and leadership should be invaluable to the rebuilding Stars.