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Answers Needed Quickly On Outdoor Game

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The prospect of holding the NHL Winter Classic at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1, 2009 is in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Yankees New York Yankees attempting to convince the city that a pair of major concerns can be overcome so the Rangers New York Rangers can play an outdoor game in The Bronx before the World’s Most Famous Stadium closes its doors.

“We’re negotiating with the city on two issues that need to be resolved within the next few days in order for us to be able to go forward with the NHL,” Yankees’ COO Lonn Trost told The Post last night. “We want to have the game here and the NHL wants to have the game here, so now it’s a matter of us settling these concerns.”

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Jagr Talking Contract

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned that Jagr’s agent and Sather are expected to commence negotiations this week after preliminary discussions in which both sides exchanged words of love, if not vows of ‘til death do they part, at least not yet.

“Jags would like to stay, he doesn’t want to leave New York, and Slats has told me that he feels the same way,” Pat Brisson, who with J.P. Barry represents Jagr, said by phone on Friday night. “We’re going to begin to talk about a contract in the next week or so.

“Jags feels good about himself as a player and about what he and the Rangers can accomplish together.”

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Sather Needs To Sign Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Playing in New York has tangible value for Avery, both as a personality and as a player. The parts of the city and the city culture that he cares about have embraced him. The coach for whom he plays has accepted him. Never will Avery play for a coach so loyal to his players as Renney….

The relationship has been mutually beneficial, but the Rangers need Avery every bit as much as Avery needs the Rangers. It’s crazy to think otherwise.

It’s imperative for Sather to recognize that and stop acting as if he’s Darcy Tucker at center-ice during warmups looking for a fight, looking for a fight he’s not going to win and that the Rangers are going to lose.

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Shanny In NY - It Depends On Jagr

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

I don’t like to beat around the bush on Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street, so I’ll get right to the point.

On the assumption that Jaromir Jagr will NOT be a Ranger next season, Shanahan must be invited back for another term.

However, if management learns in a reasonable amount of time that Jagr wants to be back on Broadway for 2008-09, then Shanny must be given a fair “adieu.” No more, no less.

As far as The Maven is concerned, there’s no room on an invigorated—and, yes, it WILL be invigorated by younger aces—roster for two elder statesmen. One is enough.

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, jaromir+jagr

Avery Talks

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I was writing my will that first night,” Avery told The Post by phone yesterday. “I was in bad shape. I was nervous. I was trying not to think about it.

“I thought I was done.”...

Avery said he was in “such bad shape the first couple of days,” that he had no idea that one publication reported that he’d suffered cardiac arrest and was found unconscious in a Manhattan hotel room before being rushed to the hospital at 3:30 the morning following the game.

“Nobody said anything, but then it kind of funneled through,” said Avery. “To make up lies, it just shows the credibility of the people who would put that stuff out there and then try to stand by it even when it’s proven false.

“That anyone would print something that’s just false . . . I don’t know why people have the need to lie about me.”

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Rangers May Target Hossa

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

Hossa will be a question mark whenever Pittsburgh’s season ends. The Penguins have other unrestricted free agents to consider re-signing, including defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Ryan Malone. They also have to ensure they have future cap room to keep their young players. Malkin will be due for a new contract — presumably a long and large one — after next season.

If the Penguins do not have enough money to offer Hossa, who is making $7 million this season, the Rangers may be in the bidding for him. He is a strong two-way player and seems to be the kind of finisher the Rangers could use on a line with center Scott Gomez.

If the Rangers keep him from returning to Pittsburgh, they would take a chunk out of the lineup of a division rival, one that looks as if it will be formidable for years to come.

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Now What Rangers

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The coach readily admits that changes must be made. “We need physical engagement,” he avers, perhaps realizing that the likes of Gary Roberts and the other Pitt toughies neutralized the Rangers less physical players.

When all is said and done, the Rangers were eliminated because they played like a fifth place team and Pittsburgh—which surely could win the Stanley Cup—performed like a club that finished on top.

Now that the off-season has hit New York hockey, Sather and his high command will be blueprinting how his Blueshirts can get to the peak in the Spring of 2009. THAT is where the Rangers go from here!

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Rangers Lacked Heart

from the Blue Seats at the NY Post,

Blame the refs. Blame the Penguins. Blame Tom Renney. Blame anyone. There’s plenty of it to go around. But, to be realistic, a team needs to get past bad officiating and the opposing team’s attempts to disrupt the game plan. The ability to persevere is what makes a champion and this year’s Rangers New York Rangers did not have it.

When I saw Jarkko Ruutu jawing at Jaromir Jagr Jaromir Jagr before the faceoff, in Jagr’s face, mouthing off, and then pushing the Ranger captain to the ice after Jagr blew him a kiss ... I knew no one would step up to hand the Penguin pest a dental bill.

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Younger Legs Win

fro Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Before the series, I picked the Rangers to win in seven games because I thought they had a huge advantage in net with Henrik Lundqvist, but that advantage didn’t come into play until that last two games. Marc-Andre Fleury looked shaky today for the first time in the series. The Rangers didn’t take enough shots, however, to exploit that. They went more 16 minutes without a shot, including the last 14:50 of a second period that the Penguins’ thoroughly dominated.

I have a feeling that Fleury and Martin Biron might not have much goaltending magic left for the conference finals. Don’t be surprised if you see some 6-5 games in that series.

more on the Rangers and Pens…

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Empty Feeling For Rangers

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

After the final shot eluded him, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stood alone in his crease Sunday afternoon, pain radiating from his blue eyes. His teammates had skated back to their bench, and the Penguins celebrated in a giant mob to his right. For what seemed like minutes, Lundqvist bore his agony alone.

Eventually, the Rangers skated over to console him. Marian Hossa’s series-winning goal 7 minutes 10 seconds into overtime gave the Penguins a 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, sending the Mellon Arena fans into a frenzy, and leaving the Rangers to grapple with their emotions.

“It’s just empty,” Lundqvist said. “Your head is just empty. You’ve been working so hard all year, starting in May last year to prepare for this season. And then everything is over.”

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