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From Sam Weinman at Rangers Report:
So much for Petr Nedved at least making the trip to Europe. The 36-year-old center was among those given the pink slip before today’s practice.
It looks like Greg Moore, Artem Anisimov were also reassigned.
“I told him this summer we had a lot of young guys and we have only so many spots,” Glen Sather told me just now. “Plus, there’s a cap issue to deal with. I thought he played well. I just knew what we’d be up against. But I didn’t want to not give him the opportunity.”
from Tony Gallagher of the Province,
As he looked back Thursday, Naslund admitted he wasn’t overly happy here last season and that the Todd Bertuzzi incident weighed heavily on him, given he and his former linemate are close and it was he who was, in a small way, part of the reason the whole thing took place. After all, it was Naslund who was originally nailed by Steve Moore in Denver….
“It still bothers me what Todd has had to go through over this and the way it’s dragged on and on over the years,” said Naslund.
“I still keep in close contact with him and it’s been tough on him. It’s taken its toll. There’s no question he was standing up for me and for his teammates when it happened, and it all went too far. All of the circumstances around it went the wrong way and got out of hand. It’s been a long road and he’s been through a lot. I feel bad for him and the way it’s worked out for everyone involved.”
more from Naslund as he talks about his days in Vancouver…
from Andrew Gross of the Record,
“The camp is so short and there are only so many games,” said Nedved, who scored a goal and was named first star in the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. “I’m not in the position where I could say I’ll play good next month because, next month, I’ll be playing somewhere else.”
Most likely, that will be with Liberec in the Czech league, which reached an agreement with Nedved to allow him to try out for the Rangers.
Nedved knew his chances were slim given general manager Glen Sather and coach Tom Renney’s desire to make the Rangers younger and faster.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
OK, so the Rangers were trumped, 3-2, by the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Big deal.
Wanna know what’s good about that? It didn’t cost New York a thing in the standings and the Lightning wound up with an invisible two points. In real life, that’s equated with zilch.
I can name you almost a dozen positives…
NIK ZHERDEV – Don’t know where the booshwah about his laziness comes from, but he sure looked galvanized throughout in Florida. He’s playing to his size (6-foot-2, 197 pounds), is hitting and was thoroughly “involved,” as they say in the broadcast booth.
WADE REDDEN – It will require time, but there’s no question that the Ottawa expatriate will be a significant asset on the backline.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...the Rangers have invited free agent Brendan Shanahan to training camp on a tryout basis, The Post has learned. Hoping for a guaranteed contract, the winger who only wants to continue his NHL career wearing the Blueshirt, has thus far refused the offer.
“Brendan is welcome; I’ve told him that before and I’m going to call him again to make sure he knows that,” GM Glen Sather said yesterday. “I’m not in a position to offer a contract at this time, but that does not mean it can’t happen or won’t happen after we evaluate what we have here.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Wade Redden can finally turn the page on his career with the Senators tonight.
The former Senators defenceman is getting accustomed to life in Manhattan, but he’ll get his first real look at Broadway tonight when he makes his debut on the New York Rangers blue line against his ex-teammates.
Redden, who spent a decade in an Ottawa uniform, isn’t sure how he’ll feel when he looks across the ice at all the familiar faces, however, he’s excited about the possibility of suiting up for New York.
from John Dellapina of the Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,
The Rangers will win the Cup this season.
I know this because I won’t be there. At least, not to chronicle it.
I’m leaving the Daily News after 15 ½ years. The last 14 of them have been spent as the Rangers beat writer….
As Frank Brown handed the beat to me in 1994, I now pass the torch to Michael Obernauer. He undoubtedly will bring a fresh approach and renewed vigor that occasionally is needed and you fans deserve.
I hope to bring the same to my new job, following Frank’s lead once again as I join the NHL as Director of Media Relations.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Though his teammates competed for the puck, took the body and drove to the net as if this were a mid-season practice conducted by a seething coach Tom Renney - much like the one in Philadelphia last Jan. 30, for example - Zherdev displayed no urgency whatsoever.
The 23-year-old took short cuts throughout the charged morning scrimmage, once turning over the puck while dangling one-on-one three feet inside the offensive line, the giveaway leading to a goal-against, and consistently failed to move either the puck or his feet with any obvious purpose….
But after a second day of camp in which No. 13 was the laziest athlete on the ice.
from Sam Weinman of the Lower Hudson Journal,
Not only are they a diverse team based in a diverse city, but they are a franchise looking to maximize what they can get out of an explosive player such as Zherdev.
“Whatever those options are at the end of this year, we hope that we’re the No. 1 team on that list of options,” Renney said. “And that will only happen if he feels he’s had the opportunity to grow and assert himself.”
A spot with Gomez and Naslund would seem to be such an opportunity, and Zherdev took advantage yesterday by scoring the prettiest goal of the day’s scrimmage.
more on Zherdev…
from Andrew Gross of the Record,
Renney is not ready to name a new captain yet but hopes to before the start of the season. When Mark Messier left, Renney ultimately decided not to have a captain for the 2005-06 season, instead naming Jagr to be one of three alternates.
“I think you have to leave it to evolution,” Renney said. “There are a half-dozen guys in there that could captain a team. I wouldn’t rule it out [having three alternates] but my hope would be that’s not what we would do.”
more on the Rangers…
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