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Gomez Was Never A Fit In New York

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

His game was gone, his smile was gone, and he was going. The Rangers had been dangling Gomez for months. They needed to clear cap space. They needed to move forward without Gomez.

“If you perform up to expectations, play hard every day, game in and game out and be productive, there’s a chance you’ll never be traded,” Sather said yesterday afternoon after announcing that Gomez had been traded.

Gomez’ heart was in the right place two summers ago. But his eyes exceeded his commitment. New York was too big for him.

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A Dream Come True For Higgins

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Christopher Higgins’s mother, Sue, is thrilled beyond words on Long Island, her son soon to be playing much nearer home. His father, Bobby, is another matter. A Canadiens fan “for 50 years,” Higgins says, Bobby Higgins is burying his son’s Canadiens paraphernalia. Or at least putting it behind closed doors in the basement for now….

I reached Higgins at his summer home on Long Island, where the day’s trade to the New York Rangers was still sinking in. He spoke glowingly of his time in Montreal and of the fans in this city, no matter their voice on any particular night.

New York is a dream come true. But leaving Montreal doesn’t happen without many memories being stirred.

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Rangers/Canadiens Trade

via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

Canadiens’ Higgins just traded to the Rangers, details to follow shortly as I get them.

Plus Fan590 in Toronto reports RDS say Gomez going the other way.

added 5:03pm, via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired centre Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Chris Higgins.

added 5:24pm, Secondary names were included in the trade, follow the TSN link for all the names.

added 5:30pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,

“We are extremely pleased to have acquired an impact centreman in Scott Gomez. He is an outstanding playmaker and an excellent skater. Having won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils, he brings a lot of playoff experience to our team. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come,” said Bob Gainey.

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How The Rangers Can Get Heatley

from Michael Obernauer of The Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,

What’s it going to take for the Rangers to get a deal done for the two-time 50-goal scorer? For one thing, they need to move some money the other way, but they can still afford to come out a little behind because acquiring Heatley would go a long way toward addressing one of their most dire needs. If Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit) is included in an offer with either Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan plus a draft pick, the Sens can bellyache all they want about not wanting Rozsival, but we’ll see then how desperate they are to be rid of Heatley ($7.5 million cap hit). If the Sens prefer to substitute Scott Gomez (7.35 cap hit) for Rozsival in that offer, with five more years on his deal to Rozsival’s three? That might get it done too.

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Morning Line

“I thought some guys were tired in the first round of the playoffs — it’s unacceptable.  I think we need to change the look of our club. I think we need to change a little bit of the attitude of our club. It’s wide open and that’s a good thing for a player. So he [had] better be in shape because that’s something he can control.”

-New York Rangers coach John Tortella.  More from the coach by Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com.

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Rangers Could Have Put That 3rd Round Pick To Better Use

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In sending a third- round selection in next year’s Entry Draft to Los Angeles for fourth-line center candidate Brian Boyle, Rangers general manager Glen Sather traded his team out of the possibility of getting Boston’s dynamic Phil Kessel on a Group II free agent offer sheet.

Maybe the cost of the contract plus the cost in compensation wouldn’t have been worth it and maybe it would have. Maybe the cap-stressed Bruins would have matched, but maybe they wouldn’t have or couldn’t have.

But if the Rangers had kept their third-round pick, they’d at least have been in position to offer Kessel, the 21-year-old right wing who scored 36 goals in his third NHL season, an offer sheet for approximately the $5.5 million he’s seeking but won’t get from Boston.

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Is Antropov Worth $5M?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sather meanwhile categorized the contract demands from impending unrestricted free agent Nik Antropov, whom the Blueshirts acquired from Toronto at the deadline for a second-round pick, as “ridiculous.”

“Based on the first volley from [agent] Mark Gandler, there is a slim chance [of Antropov returning],” the general manager said following the fifth round of the Entry Draft. “There’s a snowball’s chance in hell that’s going to happen. It’s ridiculous. I hate to criticize an agent, but let’s have a little bit of reality here.”

Antropov, who scored seven goals in 18 regular-season games for the Blueshirts but was barely a factor in the first-round defeat by Washington, earned $2.05 million last year. He’s believed seeking a long-term deal for at least $5 million per. Good luck to him.

more on the Rangers…

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Sather Actually Talks

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Maybe this is the summer Glen Sather finally wises up.

He chatted with a small group of reporters between rounds of the NHL draft yesterday, a rare public appearance for the city’s most elusive general manager, and said what everyone who follows the Rangers has known since the lockout ended.

“We have to get younger, for a lot of reasons,” Sather said. “We have to make some room for some of these young guys.

“There are going to be opportunities.”

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Best Dmen Post Orr Era

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In the post-Bobby Orr Era, we have 12 all-time defensemen: Leetch, Stevens, MacInnis, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Ray Bourque, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Paul Coffey, Borje Salming and Rob Blake.

Our first-team defense features Potvin, Robinson, Bourque, Stevens, Lidstrom and Leetch. Our second team includes Chelios, Coffey, Niedermayer, Salming, MacInnis and Blake.

read on for more on Leetch on HHOF announcement day…

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Late Night With Avery

from the New York Rangers,

Avery chatted with (Jimmy) Fallon for several minutes before Fallon surpised the 29-year-old Blueshirts winger by challenging him to an accuracy-shooting contest. Fallon agreed to donate the suit he was wearing to Career Gear, an organization that gives job-interview clothes to the homeless and others trying to get a fresh start in life, if Avery won the shootout.

If Avery lost the shootout, Fallon said Avery would have to put on a Philadelphia Flyers jersey to honor the members of his show’s band, The Roots, who hail from Philadelphia.

Avery accepted the challenge and went on to easily defeat Fallon in the shootout, breaking four of five targets before Fallon had broken his first.

more and watch a video of the Avery appearance below…

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