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Down To Two Teams For Sundin

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Unless someone pulls a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute, Mats Sundin will be, by the end of this week, either a Vancouver Canuck or a New York Ranger.

Sundin met with Rangers’ GM Glen Sather on the weekend, but sources say the Rangers have yet to formally indicate exactly how much they are prepared, or able (because of the salary cap), to pay Sundin. Once Sundin’s agent J.P. Barry gets that information, perhaps in the next 24 to 48 hours, Sundin is expected to make a final decision on where he will play….

In the meantime, Sundin is heading home to Sweden. He has completed his training in North America and plans to keep skating while in Sweden, spending Christmas there before joining his new NHL team immediately after that.

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added 4:12pm, Bob McCown of Fan590 just reported he has been told Sundin has made his decision and he has chosen the New York Rangers.  It will be announced later this week.

added 5:06pm, Link to Fan590 quoting Bob…

Update 6:12pm ET: (Alanah)  TSN added to their story with this—

There had been speculation that Sundin had already made his decision and that he was about to sign with the Rangers, however Barry dismissed the rumours.

“No decision has been made,” Barry told TSN. “(It is) inaccurate speculation.”

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How The Rangers Can Clear Cap Space For Sundin

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sundin told friends money will not be the prime factor when it comes time to choose a team.

The Blueshirts currently have approximately $1 million of cap space. Pro-rating cap hits, the Blueshirts would need approximately $2.877M of space on Dec. 27 in order to be able to offer Sundin a full-season contract of $5M, half of Vancouver’s standing bid.

Trading or waiving Petr Prucha by Friday would add approximately another $1M of space. Returning freshman Lauri Korpikoski - who has had three straight games of under 10 minutes of ice time - to the AHL Wolf Pack by Friday would add approximately another $635,000 of space.

That would give the Rangers about $2.635M of space - enough to allot Sundin around $4.25M.

Understand, the Rangers are not trading Michal Rozsival to Dallas in exchange for the right to bury Sean Avery in the minor leagues.

They are most certainly not attempting to deal Scott Gomez.

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Now What Rangers?

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Tom Renney has his hands full as he lays out strategy for tonight’s game at The Garden against Carolina. After the roller coaster — also humiliating in the end — 8-5 loss to New Jersey on Friday night in Newark, the Blueshirts coach has much on his mind. To wit:

GOALTENDING: Does he start Henny Lundqvist who relinquished an unprecedented eight goals to the Devils against the ‘Canes? Or does Tom go back to Steve Valiquette who starred on Wednesday night in the overtime win at Atlanta?...

DEFENSE: While Lundqvist played the sieve, his defense — is THAT the word? — was less effective than cleansing tissue. After the Blueshirts valiantly rallied from a 1-5 deficit in the second period to tie the count at 5-5 in the third, the backline simply disappeared from view.

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added 10:34am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Redden and Rozsival were dreadful in last night’s 8-5 defeat to the Devils at the Rock. They were not the only ones on a night that the Rangers barely competed without the puck, but it seemed that every time you looked up, there was Redden or Rozsival being beaten to the puck, or to a spot, or by a Devil. It seemed that every time you looked up, there was Redden or Rozsival shying away from taking the body.

Believe me, last night wasn’t the first time this year that these two who eat up chunks of cap space and equally as importantly, chunks of critical ice time, seemed to be watching the parade pass them by.

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Trouble With Rangers Defense

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“The way the game is now, you’ve got to be able to hit guys in the open and make plays,” the GM said on July 3 after having signed defensemen Michal Rozsival Michal Rozsival , Wade Redden and Dimitri Kalinin to free agent contracts equaling a combined cap hit of $13.6 million for this season. “Hockey’s a moving target all the time; if you’re not willing to move with the trend, you’re going to be left behind.”

The concept was a reasonable one. Too bad the execution by the aforementioned three defensemen has been so lousy. Somehow, the Rangers have been worse moving the puck from the back end this year than they were last season, when Fedor Tyutin Fedor Tyutin and either Christian Backman or Marek Malik (and sometimes both) were in the lineup.

Go figure.

Indeed, the inability of the alleged puck-moving defensemen to move the puck is a major contributing factor to the Rangers’ abysmal output of 2.35 goals per game…

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Rangers Need ‘Tiger Woods’ Mentality

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We had a players-only meeting on Monday in which we discussed the need for each individual to be prepared to play, because if we’re not prepared individually, we can’t succeed collectively,” Steve Valiquette told The Post following last night’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Thrashers on Scott Gomez ’ put-back at 0:18.

“We’ve had too many first periods in which we’ve had too many passengers who just haven’t been into it, and if there’s one passenger on the ice, then five players are messed up. We talked about how we needed to get back to basics, how each player had the responsibility to be prepared before coming to the rink.

“You can’t just show up and skate. Tiger Woods doesn’t just show up and hit off the first tee. He does put an immense amount to prepare himself before each round, and that’s the same mentality we have to have before each game,” said Valiquette. “We’d gotten away from what we’d been doing early in the year when we were winning so many games….”

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Rangers Need A Win

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

It seems almost farcical to suggest that the Rangers game on Wednesday night at Atlanta falls into the “MUST-WIN” category, but it does. After a 6-2 loss in Montreal and a 3-0 humbling administered by Calgary at The Garden, the Blueshirts suddenly have appeared not only vulnerable but uncertain – if not disorganized – in their play.

Culprits have surfaced at every position and that might even include the coaching staff, which has moved forwards around like a professional juggler. The Good Ship Blueshirt must be straightened out, and NOW. The Thrashers offer an instant cure, or, at least, should.

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Rangers Looking For Rebounds

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

Only San Jose and Detroit average more shots per game than the Rangers (32.5), but only Florida and Tampa Bay are averaging fewer goals per game. Defensive schemes are forcing the Rangers outside the prime shooting lanes, goaltenders are regularly turning away the first shot attempts and the Rangers are being beaten to the second and third opportunities.

“We’re not a really big team up front,” coach Tom Renney said yesterday. “We’ve got to be quick, we’ve got to pounce, work hard for body position if you’re not strong enough to get inside. We’re going to have to use quickness and second and third effort to get there. Everybody’s got to do everything they can to get to the front.”

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You Call This Progress?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Thirty games into the season and the Rangers New York Rangers are not only regressing, but regressing to the point where they actually claimed with straight faces that progress had been made with last night’s 3-0 Garden defeat to the Flames.

Progress was made measured solely against Thursday’s 6-2 debacle of a defeat in Montreal. If that’s how low the Rangers are now willing to set the bar, if this team now gains solace from a performance like this, there’s not much point in continuing the season.

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Morning Line

“It was like an NHL team against a non-NHL team, we have a long way to go before we are a top team.”

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after losing to Montreal last night.  More on the Rangers from Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

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Rangers Target Key Penguins

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers sure played with Pittsburgh. There wasn’t a player who turned away from the opportunity to get a piece of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, with Colton Orr, Marc Staal, Blair Betts, Paul Mara and Ryan Callahan most notable. Crosby whined on the ice after Orr caught him legally in the first, then whined in the locker room.

“I don’t know if that’s what [Orr] needed to do to prove his toughness - to come after me,” Crosby said expressing a thought so preposterous that he might face suspension by the NHL language police.

Uh, no, Orr did not need to prove his toughness, but the Rangers believed that they needed to prove their worth against an elite opponent.

more on the Rangers win over the Penguins last night.

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