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Sather Actually Talks

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Maybe this is the summer Glen Sather finally wises up.

He chatted with a small group of reporters between rounds of the NHL draft yesterday, a rare public appearance for the city’s most elusive general manager, and said what everyone who follows the Rangers has known since the lockout ended.

“We have to get younger, for a lot of reasons,” Sather said. “We have to make some room for some of these young guys.

“There are going to be opportunities.”

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Best Dmen Post Orr Era

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In the post-Bobby Orr Era, we have 12 all-time defensemen: Leetch, Stevens, MacInnis, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Ray Bourque, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Paul Coffey, Borje Salming and Rob Blake.

Our first-team defense features Potvin, Robinson, Bourque, Stevens, Lidstrom and Leetch. Our second team includes Chelios, Coffey, Niedermayer, Salming, MacInnis and Blake.

read on for more on Leetch on HHOF announcement day…

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Late Night With Avery

from the New York Rangers,

Avery chatted with (Jimmy) Fallon for several minutes before Fallon surpised the 29-year-old Blueshirts winger by challenging him to an accuracy-shooting contest. Fallon agreed to donate the suit he was wearing to Career Gear, an organization that gives job-interview clothes to the homeless and others trying to get a fresh start in life, if Avery won the shootout.

If Avery lost the shootout, Fallon said Avery would have to put on a Philadelphia Flyers jersey to honor the members of his show’s band, The Roots, who hail from Philadelphia.

Avery accepted the challenge and went on to easily defeat Fallon in the shootout, breaking four of five targets before Fallon had broken his first.

more and watch a video of the Avery appearance below…

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Avery Ends Up In Tennessee

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

So first, Sean Avery partners with pals in a bar on Warren Street.

Now there’s word that he’ll be a field reporter at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival starting Thursday for FUSE TV, interviewing musicians and fans at the Manchester, Tennessee site…

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Rangers Need Star Power

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Penguins have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the Caps have Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green, the Hurricanes have Eric Staal, and the Rangers . . . well, and the Rangers have no one remotely comparable. Fact is, the Blueshirts don’t have a forward who would be selected in the top, what, 100 in a league-wide dispersal draft.

Fact also is that it has become nearly impossible to get a top-end, difference-making talent any way other than by bottoming out and hitting the draft lottery jackpot, for it is rare indeed that an elite player gets to free agency in his prime.

Which brings us to 28-year-old Marian Gaborik, eligible to become a free agent on July 1 following a season in which he, a) turned down an $80 million contract extension from the Wild because he had no interest in continuing to play for Jacques Lemaire; and, b) was limited to 17 games because of a hip injury for which he underwent surgery in early January.

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Zherdev Thinking KHL?

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Take this for what it’s worth, note the third word, which is key:

According to unconfirmed information, the club forward NHL New York Rangers’ Nikolai Zherdev soon could move to one of the top clubs of Continental hockey league.

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added 11:21am, Japers’ Rink notes Viktor Kozlov may be headed to the KHL too…

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What To Do With Scott Gomez?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If Tortorella—who, by the way was on the other bench in the spring of 2007 for an up-close-and-personal look when New Jersey’s Gomez dominated Tampa Bay in the first round—believes Gomez has both the talent and character to be a part of the Rangers’ core, then the Blueshirts will commit to the center and seek to acquire a north-south sniper to add to his line.

But if not, if Gomez’s play down the stretch and in the series against Washington created large enough doubts in the head coach, then Sather will attempt to move No. 19, which will not be easy to do.

Understand: The contract, which features an annual cap hit of $7,357,143 for another five years and has $33.5M remaining in actual salary, is going to be the trade, if there’s a trade. If there’s an exchange, the value for the Rangers will come in removing the contract from the cap, not in the return coming the other way. The contract will be the trade.

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Thinking Ahead

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Which compels me to bring Marian Gaborik to your attention, since he soon will be an Unrestricted Free Agent.

His price will be high and there’s a bit of a gamble involved. On the other hand, the returns can be immense. Just ask any Ranger fan who remembers Marian’s five-goal bonanza against the Blueshirts a couple of years ago.

I’m not forgetting that Gaborik spent most of this past season on the injured list, but these things happen and players do recover. I say that this is a gamble worth taking. We all know that the scoring issue depends in part on a successful power play. Regrettably, no such abundant PP was evident in 2008-09. And that brings us to a free agent or two.

How about Scott Niedermayer? In one fell swoop, Nieder would solve several issues. He’s a master quarterback, all-rink rover and, arguably, the best total player in the NHL.

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Afternoon Line

“I would like to sincerely thank Glen Sather and the New York Rangers for giving me the opportunity this past season in New York.  I would also like to thank the Vancouver Canucks and all of their fans for their support over the 11-plus seasons I was a part of their organization, as well as to the Pittsburgh Penguins where I began my NHL career.”

-Markus Naslund in his official retirement announcement.  More at NewYorkRangers.com.

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Report- Naslund May Retire

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Proud and classy to the apparent end, Markus Naslund has told his Rangers teammates he is retiring despite having one season at $3 million remaining on the two-year, $8 million free agent contract he signed last summer, The Post has learned.

It is believed that the 35-year-old Naslund, who wore down dramatically as the season and then the seven-game series against the Caps progressed, notified GM Glen Sather of his decision at his exit interview on Thursday, though The Post has not been able to confirm that.

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