Even with the threat of another season without an owner hanging over negotiations, veteran winger Ray Whitney considered returning to the Coyotes.

It was dollars and term that largely keyed his decision to switch addresses in the Pacific Division, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $9 million with the Dallas Stars on Sunday when he became an unrestricted free agent.

"They weren't up there with the money, and the second year they were unable to commit the money to that second year," Whitney said about his talks with the Coyotes. "They were offering me a smaller two-year deal, quite a bit smaller, with the understanding that they have Oliver (Ekman-Larsson) coming up and Mike (Smith) coming up in another year. And I get that. You gotta understand those guys are gonna get a couple of big pay raises, so I get that."

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