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Rangers Need Help On The Defensive End

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But if and when Sather stops attempting to be Mr. Nice Guy and is willing to place under-performing athletes on waivers even if that all but ends their NHL careers, the Rangers will seek to improve a defense that’s not just suspect, but also indictable.

“Had we been able to pull it off, Mats would have been a big help in a variety of ways, but I think we have a greater need anyway,” coach Tom Renney said by phone before yesterday’s practice in Los Angeles that preceded the charter to San Jose. “To me, I think we have to take a hard look at improving our depth on the back end….”

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It’s All About The Money

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sundin followed his wallet instead of his heart. Good for him. Just one more mercenary the way pretty much professional athletes essentially are. They get it while they can, like most of us would….

The Rangers are going to lose any chance of competing for players who become available the rest of the year unless the general manager gets down to work and begins to create cap space for the rest of the season beyond the $1 million the Blueshirts now own.

Sundin went for the money. The Rangers didn’t have enough of it. Sather had better create cap space - and now - so that his team has enough of it when the next guy becomes available.

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Did You Expect Anything Different?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Mats Sundin is waiting for the Rangers to clear enough cap space to present him with a full-season $6 million contract offer before he commits to joining the Blueshirts New York Rangers , The Post has learned.

Thus, with the NHL holiday roster freeze going into effect Friday night at midnight and lasting through midnight Dec. 27, Sundin - who has a $10M offer on the table from the Canucks that he obviously is in no hurry to accept - is likely to remain unsigned until late in the month.

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added 10:21am, AM640 Toronto is reporting…

There will not be an annoucement from Mats Sundin, or his representatives today.  Sundin’s Swedish agent, Claus Elefalk, says Sundin will indeed decide before Christmas, but there is no Friday deadline, and a decision may not come until next week.

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If Sundin Chooses The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If the Rangers are informed that Sundin is following his heart to Broadway rather than his wallet to Vancouver, the Rangers would be able to place players on waivers up until 3 p.m. New York time on Friday.

Though they technically do not have to clear salary-cap space until they actually register Sundin’s contract (which won’t take place until a day or two before the center is deemed ready to play in a game), their failure to trim or reorganize the roster by Friday means the Rangers would be carrying two or three dead men skating throughout the freeze.

That’s obviously not ideal for club unity or morale. Neither will it be good for club unity or morale if Sundin, who is returning to Stockholm for Christmas, begins practicing with the Rangers the last week of December with the current roster intact….

This means the most likely options would involve deleting Petr Prucha and Dan Fritsche from the roster. Making both moves by Friday would add approximately $1.565 millionto the $1 million in cap space they’re currently holding.

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Dreaming Of Drury

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Here’s one thing I’m hearing from people in the know: The Rangers are so intent on getting Mats Sundin that they may well trade Chris Drury to make room. The Rangers will need to clear some significant salary to allow for Mats’ inclusion, and Drury has three more years and $21.5 million left on his contract after this season.

But he also has a no-movement clause to his deal, meaning any kind of trade or demotion to the minors or put through the waiver wire would need his approval first….

The Avs have roughly five million in cap space right now - partly because of Joe Sakic’s long-term injury. So maybe if you get a Drury to waive his no-movement clause to come to Colorado and get the Rangers to pay half his salary this year after going through re-entry waivers, you could fit him in - although you’d probably have to move more salary too.

Of the few teams Drury would consider playing for, I’m sure the Avs would be one of them.

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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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