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Rangers Off-Season Talk

From Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

So, tell me: How can the New York Rangers spend the $4.5-5M it will surely take to land Pittsburgh’s heavy-hitting impending free agent defenseman Brooks Orpik following his breakout tournament, when it likely will cost around the same $5M per to re-sign Michal Rozsival ?

Yes, Rozsival had a disappointing season. But factor in mitigating circumstances - not excuses - that featured a wonky knee, an insecure response to playing out his contract and collateral concern over partner and friend Marek Malik’s downward spiral out of the lineup. Now weigh those against the upside Rozsival displayed the previous two seasons, and most notably in the 2007 playoffs. Is Glen Sather not wiser to pony up for No. 3 rather than get into a bidding war for Orpik . . . if he even hits the market, that is?

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Update 1:13pm ET: Patrick Hoffman at The Hockey News has more on Rangers off-season issues, with a focus on Sean Avery.

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Jagr Waiting on the NYR

From John Dellapina at the NY

Post

Daily News,

“Do I have an offer from Russia? Probably,” Jagr said, refusing to discuss details of what Bardin promised him when he flew to New York to meet with him and with Sather on March 30.

But when asked whether it was now a case of seeing whether the Rangers would match the offer or come close, Jagr replied: “No, it’s not that at all. I just want to know if I feel any interest from New York. That’s what I want to know first.

“I told (the Omsk representatives) I didn’t want to talk to anybody before I talked to the Rangers. They know that.”

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Red Wings 101

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

While The Stanley Cup nestles neatly in Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings’ championship performance inspires a question for our Met Area teams: What can the Rangers, Devils and Islanders learn from the magnificent Motown sextet?

Several lessons are available, not necessarily in order of importance since every element factored into the championship. To wit:

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Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of Holik & Ortmeyer

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN that the New York Rangers will have to pay former Ranger and current Atlanta Thrashers forward Bobby Holik $3.5 million over a contract dispute in 2004-2005.

Because of the lockout that wiped out the 2004-2005 season, the Rangers argued that Holik needed to play to earn his signing bonus.

An arbitrator disagreed and made the ruling in favor of Holik and Jed Ortmeyer, who the Rangers will also have to pay an undisclosed amount.

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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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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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