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Dreger on TSN says Gaborik has agreed to the trade, now paper work has to go through.
Many of the hockey scribes are reporting Ryane Clowe has agreed to a trade to the New York Rangers by waiving his NTC.
So let's go with it.
I will update as information becomes available.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers just aren’t good enough to deal young assets and draft picks in exchange for quick-fix veteran rentals. And, for the most part, there’s not much interest in the players management wouldn’t mind shedding.
Sharks director of pro scouting John Ferguson Jr. continued to bird-dog the Rangers last night, just as he has done regularly over the last couple of weeks.
It is difficult, however, to imagine the Blueshirts would be in the bidding for the 30-year-old Clowe, a sandpaper-type player the Rangers sorely lack, all right, but for whom the Sharks are apparently seeking a lend-lease bounty worthy of a Marian Hossa.
Nor does it seem logical the Rangers would be willing and/or able to construct a package in exchange for Dan Boyle, the 36-year-old San Jose offense-minded defenseman who was a key component of coach John Tortorella’s 2004 Cup-winning Lightning.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There has been no edge and no resolve from the Rangers, who don’t even resemble distant cousins from last year’s Black-and-Blueshirts who spit out nails and pucks on their way to storming to the East’s regular season championship before being stopped in the conference finals.
The team that led the NHL with 65 fighting majors last season is currently in a four-way tie for 26th/29th in that category with 12 in 34 games, and just four in the last 29 matches.
Moreover, players who engaged in eight of those bouts are no longer on the roster. Only Arron Asham (three), who was a puzzling scratch in Montreal, and Brian Boyle (one), who well could be gone by Wednesday’s trade deadline, remain on the squad.
It is true that taking a hit to make a play equates to hockey toughness every bit as much as dropping the gloves, but the absence of pugilists in the lineup — was Micheal Haley really so bad that he had to be demoted to the Whale following a neutral zone blunder against the Devils? — has become a void as obvious as the absence of battle-level in front of both nets and in the one-on-ones that decide games and seasons.
There is no evidence ownership or upper management has given the slightest thought to dismissing Tortorella, who got the most out of his players last year but without a training camp in which to establish a mindset, has not been able to duplicate that accomplishment.
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
John Tortorella hasn’t given up on Marian Gaborik.
If he had, the Rangers coach wouldn’t have engaged his veteran winger in a 12-minute, on-ice conversation at the end of practice Friday at the Ice House at Carleton University in Ottawa in full view of teammates.
Still, Tortorella had Gaborik – a $7.5 million forward with one goal in his last 11 games and none in 27 of 33 games – skating on the fourth line with Taylor Pyatt and Kris Newbury ahead of Saturday night’s showdown with the second-seeded Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, where the Rangers haven’t won in four years.
“We had a good conversation, but that’s it,” Gaborik, 31, said Friday. “That’s all I’m going to say. I just have to be better. I have to try to get out of this funk. It’s a frustrating time, of course. I want to contribute. I want to be better.”
from Craig Custance of ESPN (paid subscription),
The general belief is that Tortorella is safe this season, but his job could be in trouble if the Rangers miss the playoffs. That's fair. He's a veteran coach who has earned the opportunity to guide this team into the postseason. But there are some observers who believe he is getting in the way of success in New York.
The change might not be firing Tortorella but perhaps having him loosen the reins on his offensive catalysts.
"Their coach wants them to play a style that is not conducive to the players they have," said the longtime scout. "Torts is so intense and so intent in his ways. In the process, they have a lot of skill on that team and they dump and chase, they bang and crash. That's why they have trouble scoring. They don't utilize the skill people they have."
more on the Rangers with a bit more than usual for non-subscribers...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The center position has become a black hole for the Rangers that is threatening to swallow the team alive.
And no one, no one, has fallen deeper into that abyss than Brad Richards, who hasn’t come close to resembling the player he always has been and must be in order for the Blueshirts to salvage something from this disappointing muddle of a season.
“I don’t even have the word to describe how wearing this has been,” Richards told The Post after the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout defeat to the Capitals last night at the Garden. “Mentally, it’s been pretty tough.
“I’ve been taking a beating.”
Talk like this has been going on all day...
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy.
Ranting and raving won’t do any good anymore. The Rangers have been beaten down enough. What they need now is to be built up. If the biggest thing is sticking together, that means the biggest danger is splitting apart.
It might be premature to say that the Rangers have tuned out Tortorella. They finished first in the East and went to the conference final under him last season. They have played only 27 games since, and they are struggling for many reasons. Some have been out of Tortorella’s control.
But it is not a stretch to say that Tortorella’s abrasive approach is easier to take when things are going well, that benching guys and (bleeping) about them publicly can grow old, and that the Rangers are in a fragile state of mind at a delicate point.
-Nicholas J. Cotsonika on the New York Rangers. Read more on the NYR at Yahoo.
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