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Kovalchuk Needed By The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tell me the name of the stud cen ter or blue-chip de fenseman in his prime coming up on unrestricted free agency for whom the Rangers should reserve cap space and thus bypass Ilya Kovalchuk.

Tell me the names of the Entry Level kids within the organization for whom general managerGlen Sather will need to reserve space to sign once the deal is done with Marc Staal.

Because I don’t see any Drew Doughtys or Duncan Keiths or Nicklas Backstroms on the depth chart, that’s for sure.

Tell me you aren’t attempting to make an analogy between the Rangers adding the 27-year-old Kovalchuk this summer, and adding the 28-year-old, already-multiply-concussed Eric Lindros in 2001, or between signing Ilya now and signing the 31-year-old, already-fried Theo Fleury in 1999.

Regardless of whether Sather, who has been in touch with the Kovalchuk camp this weekend, ramps up his interest in Ilya and joins the dance, do not tell me that the Rangers need to reserve his spot for a younger player.


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Evening Line

“We’re still moving forward, we’re not finished.  There are other opportunities still out there, moves we’d like to make. There have been constant phone calls everyday for probably a month. We’ve been hard at it.”

-New York Rangers GM Glen Sather today after making one trade and signing RFA Dan Girardi.  More from Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants.

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Ducks/Rangers Trade

from Ducks.com,

The Ducks have acquired left wings Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Steve Eminger.

Voros, 29 (7/2/81), played in 41 games with the New York Rangers in 2009-10, scoring 3-4=7 points with 89 penalty minutes (PIM). He had a career-high 8-8=16 points with 122 PIM in 54 games with the Rangers in 2008-09.


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What Was Sather Thinking?

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s a good thing that Glen Sather is already in the Hockey Hall of Fame because, if there was a recount, the selection committee would probably rescind his membership.

When the National Hockey League’s free agency period opened Thursday, Sather -whose record of miscues on Broadway includes rich, long-term deals for Wade Redden and Scott Gomez -defied all logic by signing tough guy Derek Boogaard to a four-year deal with the New York Rangers, worth $6.5 million. Boogaard is regarded in some circles as the toughest player in the NHL, but $1.625 million a year is a lot to pay for a guy who plays six minutes a game and has trouble finding a sparring partner. In the past season, Boogaard had only nine fights in 57 games.


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Can The Rangers Afford A First Line Center?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers, who were approximately $17 million under the summer cap going into yesterday’s opening of the free-agent market, committed an aggregate $4.45M of 2010-11 space to Derek Boogaard ($1.65M), Vinny Prospal ($1M, plus approximately $1M in deferrable bonuses) Erik Christensen ($925,000) and Martin Biron ($875,000).

This leaves GM Glen Sather and the Blueshirts in the neighborhood of $12.55M with which to sign restricted free-agent defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi—the defense pair will likely command between $7.5M-8M, depending on the length of their deals—and Group II winger Brandon Prust before addressing other issues.

The summer cap, which remains in effect through the end of training camp, is 10 percent higher than the season ceiling of $59.4M. All one-way contracts in the organization count under the summer cap. Players who might be waived won’t come off the cap until camp ends. And Donald Brashear’s $1.4M will remain on the cap unless the Blueshirts can somehow trade him.

Thus, if the Blueshirts are going to add a legitimate first-line center via a trade, (e.g., Brad Richards, whom Dallas may not be able to afford at $7.87M), they will have to move money back in the deal in order to make it work before the end of camp.

continue for more Rangers talk…

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Boogaard A Ranger

per Darren Dreger tweet,

Boogaard to the Rangers is done

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Marty Biron To The Rangers

TSN UFA Tracker has him with the Rangers and I understand they will soon announce the deal.

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Rangers Looking For A Goalie

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

More often than not, Glen Sather’s attempts to make a splash in free agency have wound up as belly flops. For that reason, it’s just as well the Rangers’ general manager has limited funds with which to work when the market opens at noon.

Nevertheless, the Blueshirts will be shopping today, with their primary focus on obtaining a substantial backup goaltender for Henrik Lundqvist who John Tortorella will entrust with between 16-to-20 starts, because the head coach is convinced that The King’s annual workload of 70 starts yields diminishing returns.

The primary target is Atlanta’s 37-year-old Johan Hedberg, clearly the most capable understudy on the market. The question regarding Hedberg, known as one of the league’s hardest workers and best teammates, is whether he would and could embrace a role that might see him play once every 10 days after having started 42 last season.

Sather said on Saturday that he’s seeking, “a Cadillac at the price of a Honda.” Memo to the GM: Hedberg, who earned $1.087.5 million last year, is not going to come with a discount sticker price.


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Olli Jokinen Motivated To Have A Bounce Back Year

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Does Olli Jokinen get a bad rap? He’s only 31, and since 2001-02, he’s scored 36, 26, 38, 39, 34 and 29 goals.

Last year was the first year since 2001-02 that he scored fewer than 26 goals—15 with Calgary and the Rangers.

I talked with Jokinen this morning from his home in Parkland, Florida. The former Panthers captain said he simply had one bad year, is training hard and is determined to once again prove himself to the NHL. He also maintains he’s not the cancer he’s sometimes portrayed to be.


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Rangers And Marc Staal Far Apart In Contract Talks

from Michael Obernauer of the NY Daily News,

Glen Sather sounded as if he and Marc Staal’s camp were nowhere close to one another in their talks of a new contract for the Ranger blueliner, so he was asked if, really, there was a wide gap between the sides.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a wide gap,” Sather said. “It’s more like a chasm.”

Does that clear it up? As free agency season approaches, it could be laying the groundwork for the sides to dig in through the summer, as happened with Brandon Dubinsky before last season (a battle that John Tortorella thought was pretty “stupid”). Staal is not eligible for arbitration and Sather is planning to use the leverage the CBA affords him, saying today that “sometimes agents don’t recognize that - leverage works both ways.” (Staal’s agent is Bobby Orr. You may have heard of him.)

“I’m not ripping anybody, I’m saying what the reality is: that’s why the CBA’s in place,” Sather said. “If a guy’s a free agent, and if doesn’t agree to a contract he can sit out until December, and then he can’t come back at all for the whole year.”



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