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from the Blueshirts Blog,
Finally just heard back from Michael Peca’s agent, Don Meehan. He said that as of 10 p.m., he still hadn’t heard from Glen Sather today. So the slow dance goes on.
When I spoke with Peca yesterday, he said he understood why the Rangers wanted to proceed slowly with this.
“They’re doing their due diligence on this, as they should,” he said.
from the NY Post,
Two-time Selke Trophy winner Mike Peca is two of three steps closer to joining the Rangers, and the final item, finishing up contract negotiations, could be completed as early as today.
The 33-year-old checking center is believed to have undergone a Rangers-requested physical, and was scheduled to meet with Rangers coach Tom Renney to discuss his potential role with the team.
Once both those points are completed to the satisfaction of both sides, contract negotiations for the unrestricted free agent are expected to resume, likely today.
As Spector points out today, will Peca play for less than $1.5M and sign with the Rangers?
My feelings are Peca is shooting for a higher dollar amount than what teams have been offering him. Will he finally come down on his asking price or continue to shop for a team that will meet his $$$ demands?
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Hey, we all know what Sean Avery can provide. We all saw it on display after his trade from L.A. last year, and yes, everyone is glad he is back.
What no one is talking about, though, is his entertainment value. This guy provides some serious entertainment.
via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“Agents always hear criticisms of their clients during negotiations but are able to filter that dialogue before it reaches the players,” Morris said. “In arbitration, there’s no filter.
“But as far as this specific case, business is over and now it’s time for Sean to put this behind him and do whatever he can next season for the Rangers.
“Sean is a professional,” Morris added. “There’s no reason to expect this to have any effect at all on his performance.”
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.
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