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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has exercised its right to walk away from the arbitrator’s award to Nikolai Zherdev, thereby allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.
“With the additions we’ve been able to make this summer, we feel we’ve been able to add scoring and offense from the wing position,” stated Sather. “Following the arbitration process and subsequent award given, we feel it is in our best interest to walk away and continue to explore all available options to improve our roster.”
According to reports in Finland, veteran Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen is retiring after 20 NHL seasons.
Here is the story from the Suomen Kuvalehti in Finland (not translated), but a friend of KK did give me some hightlights of the story…
Teppo doesn’t think he can play another 82 game season, he felt by the end of last season that he’d lost a step
Jari Kurri, GM for Team Finland has asked him to scout for him in regards to the Finnish Olympians.
Teppo said playing the last game of the regular season in 2008 was the highlight of his career, “it ws the most important game of my life, and I’ll never forget it.”
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
While making note of Tom Barrasso’s selection for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame last week, we kind of began comparing him with Marc-Andre Fleury in terms of who was/is the better goaltender. Given that Fleury’s body of work as a Penguins is far from over, it’s probably not an easy debate. For the time being, we’ll give the edge to Barrasso since two Stanley Cup rings is better than one Stanley Cup ring.
But that’s not the point of this post. It’s pretty clear that Barrasso and Fleury are in no particular order, first and second when it comes to Penguins goaltenders.
We want to ask you, who is No. 3? After the top two, it’s a pretty eclectic grab bag of goaltenders.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
For any fans thinking that Nikolai Zherdev might be a fit with the Edmonton Oilers because the New York Rangers don’t want him, forget it.
He’s a square peg in a round hole.
While Zherdev might be intriguing on the wing because the Oilers have pulled out of the Dany Heatley trade with the Ottawa Senators, sources say Edmonton Oilers associate coach Tom Renney hasn’t enthusiastically gone to bat for the enigmatic Ukrainian-born forward.
Renney is a players’ coach, but his patience was stretched on Zherdev, a 24-year-old former first-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, when Renney was the Rangers head coach.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
9. Dustin Brown, F, Los Angeles—The Kings’ captain, a 2009 NHL All-Star, plays an all-round game with an edge. He had 24 goals and 53 points last season—and was second among American players with 285 hits in 80 games.
10. Paul Stastny, F, Colorado—The son of Hall of Famer Peter Stastny missed 37 games due to a fractured arm and fractured foot last season after posting 70-plus points in each of his first two seasons. He still managed 36 points in 45 games in 2008-09 and has 63 goals and 185 points in 193 career games. With dual citizenship (U.S. and Canada), Stastny has opted to play for the United States in international competitions.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Jackets wanted Redden for obvious reasons. He was 31 years old, still in his prime. He was good for 30 to 40 points a year, at least, and he had a soaring plus-minus rating. The Jackets wanted and needed a defenseman of his style and stature. They were trumped by the New York Rangers, who offered a six-year deal with an average annual worth of $6.5 million.
Redden didn’t even give the Jackets a chance to match. He signed with the Rangers on the first day of the free-agent season, July 1, 2008….
The trade had risk for both sides. Early last season, when Zherdev was lighting it up in Madison Square Garden, Sather looked like a genius. And Howson was getting grilled on Hockey Night in Canada, which showed Zherdev highlights with pundits doing voice-overs that went, “How could anyone trade this guy?” As the season wore on, the perception reversed. And now, we are close to a final accounting.
Tyutin is entrenched among the Jackets’ top four defensemen, and the Rangers miss him desperately. Backman is an unrestricted free agent.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has to decide if he’s serious about acquiring Dany Heatley.
League sources say the Sharks are the only remaining suitor for the disgruntled Senators winger after the Edmonton Oilers dropped out of the running last week.
But a deal won’t happen unless Wilson pays Senators GM Bryan Murray’s asking price — and pays it soon.
As first reported by Sun Media on the weekend, Murray confirmed he still has an “option” to fulfill Heatley’s trade request. However, indications are Wilson is dragging his feet and has to step up his efforts if a trade is going to happen this week.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
I called general manager Bob Gainey Monday and received the usual message:
“Hi, this is Bob Gainey. I’m not in. You can leave a message, but don’t expect a call back until I do something.”
There’s no reason to expect a call from Gainey, who was busy last month. He said goodbye to 10 unrestricted free agents and brought in seven new bodies.
So why are there all the rumours about an impending trade and some expensive, big-name players?
Perhaps, it’s because Gainey himself left the door open on July 1 when he announced the first wave of acquisitions and said he had until October to find the elusive big centre.
Or maybe it’s because the salary cap and Dany Heatley’s desire to be traded have set forces in motion.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
So I agree with the author that Corsi numbers have use, which is why I often refer to them in my ratings of players, but that value is somewhat uncertain and it might well be wise not to attach too much weight to the Corsi plus/minus of any individual player.
Simply put, Corsi plus/minus is one useful factor to consider about a player, but it’s not definitive. It is best used as possible indicator, as opposed to the last word, on any given player.
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