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Evening Line

from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

The “issue” of Jaromir Jagr’s return to the Rangers next season appears to us to be a non-issue. Our prediction is this: The Blueshirts’ captain will be back because, A. He wants to remain a Ranger; B. Management wants him on Seventh Avenue and, C. JJ still is effective in his senior citizen role.

more from the Maven…

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Avery’s Future Uncertain

From Arthur Staple at Newsday,

Sean Avery broke his three-week media blackout Monday, long enough to tell reporters after Rangers practice that he had broken off contract talks with the Rangers and that he seemed resigned to the fact that he’ll be playing elsewhere next season.

“I don’t think the value of what I’m worth has changed from the start of the season to right now,” Avery said. “I certainly love playing for the Rangers, no question about it. I’d say that window (of signing a long-term deal with the team) is probably not as open as it has been in the past.”

Avery, who is believed to be seeking a multi-year deal worth more than $2.5-million a season, said he’s been playing his best hockey “probably since I’ve been in the league” over the last 11 games, during which time he has seven goals and three assists.

continued…

Update 5:44pm ET: Some analysis on the Avery situation from Steve Zipay, also at Newsday

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Rangers Getting Their Points Across

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

More to the point, the Rangers are making good a prediction I made when ninety-percent of you were chortling derisively: Yes, the Rangers WILL soar to the division’s top and have a wonderful opportunity to take the conference title.

Sure, Montreal is formidable—but emphatically beatable—and inconsistent Ottawa should rebound under Bryan Murray. The Devils funk could last a lot longer than many suspect which leaves no major detour on the Rangers Thruway.

Most importantly, New York now has what I call “backup-ability.”

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A Future Force

from the NY Daily News,

And though his career has been on an upward slope since the day he was drafted, Dubinsky has really taken off in recent weeks. Since being reunited with Jaromir Jagr six games ago - with Sean Avery completing their strong-on-the-puck trio - Dubinsky has four goals and four assists.

Not only has Dubinsky been the perfect middle man for Avery and Jagr - they’ve combined for 11 goals and 13 assists together going into this afternoon’s Garden game with the Flyers - he also is emerging as the physical complement to fellow Rangers centermen Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. And he’s still two months shy of his 22nd birthday.

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A Future Force

from the NY Daily News,

And though his career has been on an upward slope since the day he was drafted, Dubinsky has really taken off in recent weeks. Since being reunited with Jaromir Jagr six games ago - with Sean Avery completing their strong-on-the-puck trio - Dubinsky has four goals and four assists.

Not only has Dubinsky been the perfect middle man for Avery and Jagr - they’ve combined for 11 goals and 13 assists together going into this afternoon’s Garden game with the Flyers - he also is emerging as the physical complement to fellow Rangers centermen Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. And he’s still two months shy of his 22nd birthday.

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Rangers On Their Way Up

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Now it can be told.

The once-unthinkable CAN be thought.

Yes, the Rangers very well could top the Eastern Conference on April 6, closing the regular schedule.

Once-invincible Ottawa is crumbling by the minute.

Sure, the early-season Atlantic-leading Flyers are coming on again but when they visit The Garden on Sunday afternoon, the Blueshirts should take them.

continued

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Rangers Have All The Parts

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

As a matter of fact, I’ll now go on record stating that the acquisitions of Swedish defenseman Christian Backman and forward Fredrik (Call Me Freddie) Sjostrom will be as positive for the Blueshirts roster as last year’s addition of Sean (The Great Gabbo) Avery.

I’ll go one step further and hereby forecast that the roster, as now constituted, is good enough to carry New York to the top of the division and then all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

much more on the Rangers…

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Morning Line

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sather endorsed Jaromir Jagr, but did not guarantee would be back next year. “He’s been a very good player and great citizen here,” the GM said. “We’ll see how these things develop the next couple of months ... we’ll see how things go.”

more on the Rangers…

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Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa to Phoenix

From TSN, Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Fredrik Sjostrom, David Leneveu and Josh Gratton.

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Backman A Ranger

Christian Backman to the Rangers from the Blues for a 4th round pick per TSN.

Update 3:07pm ETTSN link

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