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Avery Talks Rangers

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Before lacing up his skates,  Avery talked about his newest teammates, his coach and the upcoming season:

            On Donald Brashear: “I know he’s a scary dude…I’ve never fought him; I’ve never been dumb enough to do that… It’s always good to have a presence physically on the team, whether it’s a guy on the back or a guy upfront, I think it’s something that’s important, and as much as people say it’s not a part of the game, it is

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Afternoon Line

It’s too bad arbitration hearings are kept private. When it came time to make their case, you can bet the Rangers were quite frank in assessing Zherdev’s weaknesses. The hearing probably had all the charm and good will of a divorce court.

Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall when a guy like Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather tells a guy like Zherdev what he really thinks?

-Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.  Read more from Jamie about this arbitration case…

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Zherdev Officially A Free Agent

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.”

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Forget Zherdev In Edmonton

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.

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Rangers Ready To Walk Away From Zherdev Contract

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Glen Sather is taking all of his allotted 48-hour time period to announce whether he is accepting or renouncing Nikolai Zherdev’s $3.9 million arbitration award.

But when the Rangers general manager makes the call this morning to cut bait, and he will, it won’t be so much the Rangers walking away from Zherdev as the winger successfully having plotted his own path to unrestricted free agency and an exit from New York.

Zherdev could have rejected the Rangers’ $3.25 million qualifier and signed in Russia. Had he done that though, the Blueshirts still would have owned his NHL rights for one more season. He could have accepted the qualifying offer, and become eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.

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Leafs Interested In Zherdev?

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

That’s the word in hockey circles in Toronto, where rumors bounce up and around in a major media echo chamber. Rangers are not confirming anything, not even whether a decision on whether to sign or reject the right winger’s $3.9-million arbitration award is coming today.

Do the whispers make sense?

Perhaps. Leafs czar Brian Burke needs scoring and has an excess of defensemen. Zherdev can put up 25-plus on the first line. although the press scrutiny will be intense.

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Firewagon Hockey In NYC

Part 2 of an interview with John Tortorella…

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

This is John’s team and he has an obligation to mold it, not only in his image and philosophy but also with the players he believes will best serve the Rangers interests.

Tortorella is emphasizing what the Canadiens called Firewagon Hockey, when Montreal won five-straight Stanley Cups between 1956 and 1960. He wants speed and more speed; along with as much youth as possible. Betts apparently does not fill that bill, admirable as his defensive skills may be.

In a nutshell, Orr has won a ridiculously high and long contract from the Maple Leafs simply because GM Brian Burke is building a behemoth roster. Brashear is a better fighter than Orr and skates faster. There was no way Glen Sather should have paid crazy bucks for Orr nor a long-term deal befitting a Sid Crosby.

As for Tortorella, he was typically candid about each of the trio, showing a sincere appreciation for the contributions of Betts and Orr while explaining the importance of the Brashear import.

“I really liked Bettsy,” said Torts. “He was really good for us on the penalty-kill and on face-offs.”

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Zherdev Gets $3.9M Award

via Steve Zipay’s Twitter,

Zherdev receives $3.9 million in arbitration

added 3:08pm, The Ranges were offering $3.25M while Zherdev was looking at something between $4-5M.

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Evening Line

“The other day I told my wife that I still can’t believe that I’m preparing to run a camp for a team in New York City. I love the people, the building, the pressure of it all. It’s the NEW YORK RANGERS; AN ORIGINAL SIX TEAM IN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST VENUE. For me, coaching this team is a privilege!”

-Rangers coach John Tortorella.  Much more on ‘Torts’ from Stan Fishcler of Game On.

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A Look At Zherdev On His Arbitration Day

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The 24-year-old winger, acquired last summer from Columbus in a trade featuring once-untouchable, young defenseman Fedor Tyutin going the other way, was the team’s Art Ross leader with 58 points, with his 23 goals, 35 assists and plus-six rating all second on the club in those respective categories.

From both the statistical viewpoint and CYA analysis, GM Glen Sather would be justified keeping Zherdev, even if he’s awarded $4M. But there is no subjective eyes-on analysis under which Zherdev is worth that investment. His inconsistency was matched only by his indifference.

He barely competed for the puck, rarely went to the front, and hardly ever seemed hungry enough to score that he’d give up his body to drive to the net.

Invisible down the stretch run in which he recorded only two assists in the season’s final seven games while going minus-three, Zherdev disintegrated in the playoffs, going pointless and minus-three in the seven-game defeat to the Caps.

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