by Patrick Hoffman on 02/07/11 at 03:00 PM ET
UPDATE: From Mark Spector via Sportsnet:
The New York Rangers got an eyeful of exiled defenceman Sheldon Souray over the weekend, but didn’t like what they saw.
As a result, the NHL club will be moving on in its search for a powerplay defenceman.
“You want to like him,” said a source familiar with the Rangers activities over the weekend. “But you can’t deny what your eyes are seeing.”
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FROM EARLIER: Rangers scouts dispatched to three Hershey Bears games over the weekend came away with serious concerns over Souray’s foot speed at the American League level, let alone how that pace would translate to the National Hockey League.
With the trade deadline right around the corner, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, the New York Rangers will do.
One thing the team needs is a shot from the point. According to recent reports, the Blueshirts have been scouting former New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadien and Edmonton Oiler Sheldon Souray, who is currently with the Hershey Bears.
Last night, hockey writer Jim Matheson tweeted the following regarding Souray:
Like I said, Tamby will put souray on re-entry when any team calls him not until then. Available to everybody then.
Oil will put him on re-entry when team calls Tamby to say they want him
Rangers will be getting Souray on re-entry waivers if nobody else takes him. Not giving up anybody.
Souray could be a potential fit as he has a cannon from the point and he knows how to put it on net. He’s also not terrible defensively so his play would obviously work on penalty kill and even strength as well.
With that said, Souray does have injury histroy and that is something that the Rangers need to be careful with given all the injuries they have dealth with already this season.
The team could also obviously use a No. 1 center. However, I’m not sure that will be in the cards for the team this season and instead, may come in the form of Brad Richards during the off-season.
Given that the team is in the thick of a playoff race, it will be interesting to see what the organization decides to do at the deadline. Does Sather have something up his sleeve or will he stay the course?
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