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from Brett Cyrgalis of The Blue Seats at the NY Post,
And so now they slog through this political tap dance with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in hopes of saving some face. Dolan missed the boat on denying the New Media Policy, but hasn’t missed his chance to publicly show how much he cares about free-market economics.
If he really did care, he would have paid attention to the moves GM Glen Sather made over the last three weeks. He would have seen the discrepancy between the spoken philosophy and the practiced philosophy. He wouldn’t be worried about how his product is marketed, but rather the quality of the product itself.
He would have been more worried about the status of the Rangers rather than the status of his wallet.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
Madison Square Garden Thursday asked a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss last month’s claim by the NHL that alleged that the Rangers breached NHL bylaws by challenging league rules, a move that the league said could lead to disciplinary proceedings—fines, suspension or even termination of ownership with a vote of three-quarters of the owners.
In documents filed Thursday, the Garden said that the league should have the lead in collective bargaining and on-ice rules, but not on certain aspects of marketing, such as team Web sites.
from 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 Nigel Dawes.
From the Blue Seats at the NY Post:
The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Dan Fritsche.
Fritsche, 23, appeared in 69 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, registering 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points, along with 22 penalty minutes.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
A U.S. report that unrestricted free agent Brendan Shanahan was offered and rejected a one-year, $2-million US offer from the Vancouver Canucks is inaccurate, according to his agent.
“I can tell you that I’ve never been approached or had any discussions with Vancouver regarding Brendan,” said Rick Curran, who added that San Jose and Montreal are not in the mix either.
“We’ve only been having discussions with one team and that’s the New York Rangers.
Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the team has obtained left-winger Ryan Hollweg from the New York Rangers. In exchange, the Rangers will receive Pittsburgh’s fifth-round pick in 2009 which was previously acquired by Toronto in the Hal Gill trade on February 26, 2008.
from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,
Rangers fans who think they’ll be seeing Alexei Cherepanov in Broadway Blue this coming season will have to think again, it seems.
According to Cherepanov’s Russian agent, Sergei Paremuzov, the Rangers’ No. 1 draft choice in 2007 will be staying with Avangard Omsk this year, his second with the high-ranking Siberian club. And although Paremuzov says that Cherepanov wants to play in the NHL, he also says that the 19-year-old will benefit from another year with the Hawks, where he will learn from the newly signed ex-Ranger Jaromir Jagr.
from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Mike Barnett has been added to the hockey club’s personnel as Senior Advisor to the President and General Manager and Director of U.S. Amateur Scouting. In his role, Barnett will work closely with Sather, and Assistant General Managers Jim Schoenfeld and Cameron Hope, on player transactions and player personnel, as well as oversee the team’s amateur scouting operations in the United States.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Without Jagr to both blame and lean on all at once, everyone will come under more scrutiny; the coaching staff and the players, alike. For all of his imperfections, Jagr was kind of like that cereal, Captain and Crutch. Now, Jagr can’t be anyone’s excuse. Avery’s absence will be felt on the ice, even if the Rangers are sure he won’t be missed anywhere else.
There will be a gust of fresh air in the room next season that might enter with the Rangers billed as The King and His Court. Henrik Lundqvist, who always has shared the greatest part of the burden with Jagr, will be held to the Brodeur Standard, one that has nothing to do with exchanging salutations or shaking hands.
via Rangers Report,
Also, just received a text message from Paul Mara who said he has re-signed with the Rangers. More on terms in a bit.
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