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from the Detroit Free Press,
QUESTION: You grew used to seeing bold moves while you were with the Wings. What are your thoughts on the Rangers signing marquee free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez last month?
ANSWER: “I think they identified those two players as the top two on their wish list, so to be able to get both was a success. Center ice is such an important position, and to know that that position basically has been solidified for the next five years, I think that’s pretty important. They have similarities in that they’ve both played on championship teams, but they’re different in their styles and both bring a lot of different things to the team.”
A few more questions for Shanahan…
via the Blueshirts Blog,
Michael Peca will not be a Ranger this season.
Agent Don Meehan confirmed moments ago that the Rangers did not make Peca a contract offer.
Meehan said that he expected to complete negotiation on a one-year deal for the 33-year-old center within a couple of hours. Columbus appears to be the city where the former Islanders captain will be playing his home games this season.
added 9:06pm, On the front page of the Columbus Dispatch but no link yet- Peca expected to sign
added 9:08pm, Link now working,
Michael Peca is likely to sign a contract with the Blue Jackets either late tonight or early Wednesday.
It’s a one-year contract with incentives, according to a source.
As of 8:45 p.m., Peca’s agent, Don Meehan, was negotiating with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson over the final details.
added 10:57pm,, The same link from the Dispatch now stating Peca has agreed to terms with Columbus.
from the Czech News Agency, translated below…
Knee injury stopped Martin Straka’s training for upcoming NHL season. 34-years-old NY Rangers player had surgery at doctor’s Petr Nepras office on Thursday. Nepras is the only Czech doctor with NHL licence to do surgery for NHLers. This information comes from the daily newspapers Blesk and Aha!
Straka should be okay in three weeks. After surgery he will not attend tonight’s Golden hockey stick (which is Czech player of the Year).
Thanks to KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz for the pointer and translation…
added 3:34pm, update from Roman… Straka was at the awards show tonight for the Golden Stick Awards. Jagr was named the best Czech player (8th time), followed by Hasek and Straka.
from the Blueshirts Blog,
In short, the puck remains on Glen Sather’s stick and the Rangers’ GM has yet to decide whether to shoot or pass.
“He is thinking about it,” was agent Don Meehan’s response tonight when I asked him if any progress had been made in his discussions with Sather.
Meehan insisted that, though he anticipates no problem working out a contract, no conditional agreement has been reached that would be consummated if and when Sather decides he wants Peca to join the Rangers.
from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Anders Hedberg has been added to the club’s scouting staff as the Head Professional European Scout. Hedberg will be responsible for assessing free agent talent playing in Europe.
Hedberg, 56, joins the team after working with the Ottawa Senators organization for the past five seasons. Hedberg served as Ottawa’s Director of Player Personnel from 2002 to 2006 and spent the 2006-07 season as the team’s North American and European Hockey Coordinator.
from the Blueshirts Blog,
Finally just heard back from Michael Peca’s agent, Don Meehan. He said that as of 10 p.m., he still hadn’t heard from Glen Sather today. So the slow dance goes on.
When I spoke with Peca yesterday, he said he understood why the Rangers wanted to proceed slowly with this.
“They’re doing their due diligence on this, as they should,” he said.
from the NY Post,
Two-time Selke Trophy winner Mike Peca is two of three steps closer to joining the Rangers, and the final item, finishing up contract negotiations, could be completed as early as today.
The 33-year-old checking center is believed to have undergone a Rangers-requested physical, and was scheduled to meet with Rangers coach Tom Renney to discuss his potential role with the team.
Once both those points are completed to the satisfaction of both sides, contract negotiations for the unrestricted free agent are expected to resume, likely today.
As Spector points out today, will Peca play for less than $1.5M and sign with the Rangers?
My feelings are Peca is shooting for a higher dollar amount than what teams have been offering him. Will he finally come down on his asking price or continue to shop for a team that will meet his $$$ demands?
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Hey, we all know what Sean Avery can provide. We all saw it on display after his trade from L.A. last year, and yes, everyone is glad he is back.
What no one is talking about, though, is his entertainment value. This guy provides some serious entertainment.
via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“Agents always hear criticisms of their clients during negotiations but are able to filter that dialogue before it reaches the players,” Morris said. “In arbitration, there’s no filter.
“But as far as this specific case, business is over and now it’s time for Sean to put this behind him and do whatever he can next season for the Rangers.
“Sean is a professional,” Morris added. “There’s no reason to expect this to have any effect at all on his performance.”
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