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An arbitrator has awarded New York Rangers centre Sean Avery a $1.9-million salary for next season.
Avery, 27, was seeking $2.6-million in arbitration after scoring 48 points in 84 games last season with the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.
added 1:27pm, via the NY Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Sean Avery.
“We are pleased to have Sean under contract and are looking forward to him returning with the same passion and enthusiasm he brought to our team last year,” stated Sather. “He is a terrific competitor, who we expect to play a significant role in a successful season.”
via the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Marcel Hossa.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Post has learned that in addition to referring to Avery as, “a reasonably effective player as well as a detriment to the team,” in the team brief that was presented to the arbitrator, Ranger management also said:
“Avery is not a mature player. He plays, at times, like an individual rather than a member of a team. This is sometimes referred to as an inability to see the ice, and in Avery’s case this seems to fit with his overall approach to the game.”
Understand. These are the words chosen to represent Rangers management’s view of Avery’s worth….
“I have no idea what to say,” Avery, who went into the hearing seeking $2.6M, wrote in an e-mail to The Post following the hearing in Toronto. “I don’t know what this was about.
According to Steve Zipay at Blue Notes blog, the Avery arbitration hearing is over.
The ruling most likely comes down tomorrow, if not, then Wednesday.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Rangers coach Tom Renney repeatedly referred to Sean Avery as one of the team’s most valuable components during the drive to the conference semifinals, so imagine the 27-year-old winger’s surprise and anger upon reading that management called him “a reasonably effective player as well as a detriment to the team,” in the team’s salary arbitration brief that will be presented during today’s hearing at Toronto.
“It’s hard not to take something like that personally and not to be emotional about it,” Avery told The Post yesterday. “I know this is part of the business, I know this is part of the process, but it’s extremely disappointing to read something like that coming from Slats [GM Glen Sather] and not to be offended by it.
The New York Rangers restructured their front office Monday, promoting Jim Schoenfeld and Cameron Hope to key positions.
Schoenfeld was named assistant general manager, player personnel, while Hope was named assistant general manager, hockey administration.
The moves helped fill the void left by former assistant GM Don Maloney, who left to become GM in Phoenix. Schoenfeld was coach and GM of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford the past four seasons and he will keep the AHL GM duties in addition to his promotion.
from The Maven at MSG Network,
It would be an understatement to tell you that the (still) Rangers defenseman looks fabulous. He told me that he’s dropped something like 20 pounds, looks 10 years younger than the last time he skated for the Blueshirts and is determined to make a comeback.
“They (Rangers) didn’t buy me out,” he chortled. “And I saw Glen (Sather) recently and even he was surprised at how good I looked.”
If Kasper performs in training camp as well as he looks now, I believe that he has a good chance of making the New York varsity, no matter who the competition might be.
I only hope he has a fair chance.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Not only does the transaction clear cap space this year, but going forward as well. Cullen was slated to make $2.8 million a year through the 2009-2010 season, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The space cleared will help the Rangers sign Sean Avery and Marcel Hossa, both of whom are headed to arbitration.
The extra elbow room may also allow Sather to possibly sign a veteran center like Michael Peca to slide into the third line center position.
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Matt Cullen from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
“Matt was an important member of our championship team in 2006 and we obviously know he is an excellent fit for our style of play,” said Rutherford. “He is extremely popular in our dressing room and his speed and skill will be important assets going forward.”
from The Maven,
On paper, it looks A-Number One, Yankee-Doodle-Ipsy-Pipsy.
All those “light-up-the-marquee” Rangers names.
JAGR, SHANAHAN, LUNDQVIST, GOMEZ, DRURY, just to name a few….
But, wait a moment. An overdose of stars guarantees nothing other than the fact that more pressure will be placed on Renney than on any of his multi-millionaire skaters.
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