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from the NY Daily News,
The NHL is working with the Yankees’ high command and representatives of the city to try to play a game at Yankee Stadium next winter. While there are plenty of logistical hurdles to clear, the principals are interested.
“We’d love to do it,” said Rangers GM Glen Sather, who is always up for a new hockey adventure.
Obviously, the NHL feels the same way. The Yankees might figure to be a bit hesitant about having the final pro sporting event at the old Stadium be a hockey game. But sources familiar with the discussions insist that the Bombers’ brass is into it, with COO Lonn Trost serving as the Yankees’ point man in discussions with the NHL.
from Blue Notes at Newsday,
With all facets of the Rangers game falling apart, if GM Glen Sather or his right hand man Jim Schoenfeld has a trade on the table to be made, he should pull the trigger in the next few days.
Too bad Dominic Moore was grabbed by Toronto off waivers. His d-presence and fondness for New York would’ve been valuable.
With seven games (five at home) before the All-Star break, the Rangers desperately need to regroup and pull out of the slide.
read on for a suggestion that Lundqvist go back to Sweden during the ASG break.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Last night’s tying goal was scored at 8:45 of the second because of the netminder’s indecision playing a potential icing. The third goal - the winner -was scored on a shot from the left corner that originated from below the goal line.
“I can’t let in goals like these in a game like this; I have to better,” Lundqvist said. “I think as a team we’re fighting the game right now, and the same goes for me.
“I want to be the one to make the difference for our team, and I haven’t been. It’s very disappointing, but I’m not going to give up.”
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
It’s time to play the IF game.
If, as The Maven asserts, Sean Avery is the most valuable member of the Rangers, how good are the Blueshirts without him?
If, as The Post’s Larry Brooks declares, Avery may be sidelined for substantial time because of his latest (left) hand injury, what can be done to compensate for his absence?
And, if—as it appears apparent throughout the NHL—Avery truly is an inimitable personality, how can he be replaced?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There will be no band-aid deals in which the Blueshirts surrender value for emergency replacements. In other words, Petr Prucha is not being sent to Columbus for David Vyborny.
And here’s a third piece of good news: on Tuesday, with his team needing Jaromir Jagr to be at his best, the captain responded. Jagr is elevating his game as the season progresses; steadily if not necessarily dramatically.
If the Rangers are going anywhere other than home on April 7, they need their best player to be their best player.
from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
With the Devils’ Martin Brodeur, the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist all among the NHL’s elite, the debate over who’s the best hearkens back to the days of Willie, Mickey and the Duke.
from On the Rangers Beat,
The Rangers’ injury list mounted today as Sean Avery, whose right wrist was injured by a slash and swelled up after the Montreal game on Dec. 30, was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Saturday. “It’s been bothering him a lot,” said coach Tom Renney. Avery had surgery on the other wrist at the end of November.
So, Rangers fans who’ve been clamoring for youth will have their pleas answered tonight, with Nigel Dawes, Greg Moore and probably Pierre Parenteau—-summoned from Hartford to practice—-dressing to face the Lightning.
from On the Rangers Beat at Newsday,
In a serious blow to the Rangers’ offense, Martin Straka, who missed 15 games with a broken finger, but sparked a resurgence of the first line when he returned, is out indefinitely with a concussion he suffered Saturday in the Edmonton game. Nigel Dawes skated in Straka’s spot alongisde Jaormir Jagr and Scott Gomez in practice today.
Also not skating was Brendan Shanahan, whose left knee injury was described as a bad bruise and coach Tom Renney described the veteran’s status as “day-to-day.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
He’s not hale and hearty because his club has only won seven of the last 21, but the pieces are there. Frankly, he looked older than his years a few seasons back with an old, overpaid, under-achieving bunch. Now, it’s not a chore going to work, and he has no interest in stepping aside. He’s on a year-to-year contract now, after his five-year package ran out. He’s in no hurry to quit.
“Where else can you have this much fun? I’m still young. Fifty-three is young,” said Sather, playfully knocking 11 years off his real birth certificate, just a few minutes before a youngster at the rink asks for an autograph in Total Hockey.
“The whole book, or just this page,” kidded Sather, as he scrawls his signature on his playing stats, which aren’t quite as glittering as his coaching numbers.
from the NY Daily News,
Sather and Pat Morris, Avery’s agent, have yet to discuss an extension for The Grate One. And while Avery remains unabashed in his affection for New York, he is hardly pulling a Messier or a Leetch by instructing Morris to make his best deal with the Rangers and forget about the possibility of hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent come July 1.
“I don’t think anyone would dispute how much I love the Rangers and what I would do for the team,” Avery told the Daily News after the Rangers’ practice here Friday. “But that doesn’t always come into play when you’re in negotiations. So whatever, I’m not losing any sleep over it at this point.
“I know everyone thinks that I would never leave New York or that I couldn’t play anywhere else. It’s certainly not something I would like to do right now because I love putting on a Ranger jersey.
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