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Trade rumors update: We’ve been told that no trade between the Blue Jackets and Rangers is in the works. The two teams have talked, but nothing has been agreed upon and nothing will be announced when the roster freeze is lifted.
About the roster freeze: turns out the freeze is in effect until midnight Thursday night, not tonight (Wednesday).
via Sports Network,
Carolina Hurricanes center Matt Cullen left Wednesday’s contest against the New York Rangers in the second period after an open-ice hit by Colton Orr.
Cullen quickly carried the puck into New York’s zone and with his head down after losing possession of the disc, was recklessly ran into by Orr with his helmet smacking him in the face.
Cullen, who had a cut on his nose, stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped to his skates and was eventually escorted to the locker room.
Orr was penalized for interference on the play and was handed a game misconduct.
update 10:46pm, Swapped out the video for one that shows more angles of the hit.
added 6:20pm on 12/27/07, KK member just pointed out in the comments that there will be no suspension for Orr.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...it is believed the Blueshirts’ recent concentrated scouting of the Blue Jackets has been focused on putting together a deal to pry either veteran Adam Foote or top-four defenseman Rostislav Klesla out of Columbus.
The 36-year-old Foote, a physical presence the Rangers so obviously lack on the blue line, is on the final year of a three-year contract at $4.6M per that contains a no-trade clause he would have to waive in order to come to New York.
read on, more names mentioned…
from the Bleacher Report,
Trade rumors buzzing around the Big Apple—about a multiplayer deal that could make a short- and long-term impact for both teams involved:
Jaromir Jagr, Michal Roszival, and Petr Prucha to the Phoenix Coyotes for Shane Doan and Ed Jovanovski.
The deal makes sense for both clubs.
I am beginning to lose faith in some of the hockey bloggers. After Jagr leaves Phoenix as quickly as possible at the end of the season, what does Phoenix do then?
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
If there’s one gift Tom Renney needs before the Rangers resume their post-Christmas action, it is a new drawing board.
His club needs a revised strategy - nothing major, however, - to get back on track.
Surely Santa can afford that drawing board for Tom.
As it happens, the Rangers coach has until Wednesday night, December 26 - known in Canada as Boxing Day - to complete some serious brainstorming.
from Bruce Garrioch of theOttawa Sun,
The Rangers haven’t had any talks with G Henrik Lundqvist, who can become a restricted free agent July 1 and is making $4.25 million this season. The Rangers are going to have to pony up about $8 million per season on a new contract to fend off the threat of an offer sheet from a team looking for goaltending help. The Lightning, Kings and Oilers would all be in the running.
If the Rangers decide to trade W Jaromir Jagr at the deadline, Detroit is a possible destination.
much more rumor talk…
via the New York Post,
For the first time since very early in the season, yesterday’s practice saw Scott Gomez reunited with Jaromir Jagr on his wing.
In recent weeks, it seemed that ex-Devil Gomez, in concert with Brendan Shanahan, had begun to find his niche on this side of the Hudson….
The other major shift is Chris Drury being put between Shanahan and Nigel Dawes.
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who missed Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Phoenix due to flu symptoms, will be a game-time decision.
I have also heard the Rangers have recalled goaltender Al Montoya
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
At this point, Lundqvist, Washington winger Alex Ovechkin and Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf are the three select Group IIs yet unsigned to extensions. The Rangers cannot formally begin talks with Lundqvist until the calendar turns to 2008, and when it does, they will. And when they do, they will have no choice but to accede to their 25-year-old franchise goaltender’s demands. They won’t even be able to protect Lundqvist from receiving an offer sheet by filing against him for arbitration, because they did that last summer, even though they didn’t go through with the process.
What is Lundqvist, who can become an unrestricted free agent after next season, worth to the Rangers? He’s worth pretty much any dollar amount he and agent Don Meehan request.
from the New York Times (Sunday edition),
...“In a way, I want to make our sport cooler,” Mr. Avery said of his high-profile exploits.
The fans at Madison Square Garden don’t need to be sold. Earlier that Monday, the muscular Mr. Avery, dressed in a black V-neck while recovering from wrist surgery, had made a surprise appearance in the raucous upper ring of the arena known as the “blue seats” during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“Do I really need two security guards?” he asked the Rangers publicist leading the expedition.
“Hey, you’re a rock star,” the publicist said. Minutes later, a sea of fans in blue jerseys had swallowed Mr. Avery, chanting his name.
from The Record,
It’s clear that Jagr is missing the chemistry he had with Michael Nylander. For two seasons, Nylander brought out the best in Jagr because their styles complemented each other….
It’s time to give Gomez or Drury another try with Jagr, who hasn’t scored a goal in five games, and stick with it until they figure out how to make it work.
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