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From Ira Podell at the AP,
Mark Messier hasn’t talked to the New York Rangers about their sudden front office vacancy, but he would listen if they called.
The Rangers need to replace assistant general manager Don Maloney, who left the organization Tuesday to become the GM of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Messier has expressed interest about possibly replacing New York general manager Glen Sather once the architect of the Edmonton Oilers’ dynasty of the 1980s and ‘90s decides to give up his current post.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post does a great job with a Brian Leetch column and then submits this…
Let the debates begin. Slap Shots’ post-Bobby Orr first-and-second All-Star defense squads. First team: Larry Robinson, Chelios, Denis Potvin, Ray Bourque, Stevens, Paul Coffey. Second Team: Leetch, Niedermayer, Brad Park, Al MacInnis, Nicklas Lidstrom, Mark Howe.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Bobby Holik signing- bonus grievance against the Rangers due to be heard late next month is likely to have an adverse impact on next season’s team, Slap Shots has learned.
If the Blueshirts lose the case - which will be heard in conjunction with similar grievances filed by Jed Ortmeyer and Darius Kasparaitis - they will be liable for a $1.52 million salary-cap charge against next season’s roster, we’ve been informed by individuals with knowledge of the case.
continued and some NHL trade talk…
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
“My instincts are that I will probably play, but it’s something that I’m going to think over,’’ he said in front of dressing room stalls full of practice gear no longer needed this season. “As far as playing and coming here this year and being part of the Rangers, there’s nowhere else I’d rather play.’‘
from The Maven,
Over – and out.
We say Bye-Bye to the Blueshirts with an unusually heavy heart.
I know precisely how they feel. Exactly.
A year ago, the Devils played Carolina in Game Two of the second round and scored the go-ahead goal with 20 seconds left in the third period.
The game not only was in the bag it was IN THE BAG.
from the NY Post,
There’s no denying what Shanahan meant to the Rangers’ resurgence after signing with the team prior to this season. But there’s also no denying he is 38 and suffered a serious concussion this season that robbed him of some of his early-season excellence.
“I had a great time here and I’d love to be part of it again,” Shanahan said. “But I think there’s been an ‘if’ on my decision each year the past few years.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
First, there’s the New York Rangers, guaranteed to come out scrapping down 3-2 in the series with Henrik Lundqvist having surrendered just four goals at home. But the Sabres also will have to overcome the nuances of Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” a potential minefield for visiting teams and a contributor to the Rangers’ 4-0 record in these playoffs.
“I bet if they ever move, they’d like to take their boards and glass with them,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said jokingly yesterday as the Sabres held an optional workout.
from The Maven,
Then, it happened.
An unnecessarily bad icing that could have been averted.
A penalty against Dainius Zubrus for fouling Dan Girardi, which never was called.
The scramble; the puck arriving at Chris Drury’s stick; Girardi scrambling to fill the empty net before Drury’s shot sailed goalward.
And then the overtime crusher by Slapsy Maxie Afinogenov on a slapper that sailed through Henny Lundqvist’s five-hole.
Over – and out!
Well, not quite.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“We have to realize that the series is not over,” said Lundqvist, his team’s best player by leaps and bounds. “We really can’t think too much about this.
“We can’t lay down and die here.”
Understand, this game was not stolen from the Rangers, no matter how close they came to escaping with the series lead after Martin Straka scored at 16:41 of the third to break a scoreless tie. The Blueshirts were sloppy and a step or two slow against a Buffalo squad that played uptight hockey nearly all night and were there for the taking.
“We’re not going to win too many playing our ‘B’ game,” Tom Renney said, echoing the message he delivered to the team moments after it had ended. “If we give an opportunity like this the next time to our opponent, the series is over.”
VERSUS, the U.S. national cable television home of the NHL, garnered top ratings for Game 4 of the Buffalo Sabres-New York Rangers series on Tuesday, May 1 according to Nielson Media Research and VERSUS.
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