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The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's in fine form as we approach the NHL's pre-Olympic roster freeze, and I think this take on the Rangers' roster situation is important to spotlight given the fact that Ryan Callahan's status is stealing the show...
All eyes are on the Rangers. Forwards Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot along with defencemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman all become UFA’s on July 1. The troubles don’t stop there, winger Derrick Brassard is in the last year of a contract he signed while with Columbus. He’s a restricted free agent and will come up a winner at arbitration if he can’t get a deal done. All this makes the buyout of Brad Richards pretty much inevitable and it also means other players will be packing their bags. The talk is Callahan wants a seven-year deal worth $6.85 million per-season (that’s exactly what Patrice Bergeron got with Boston) and it’s doubtful the Rangers will pony up. The Blues, Wings and Kings all need help up front. Girardi could be a headache as well because he wants $6 million per-season on a long-term deal.
If the Rangers buy out Richards, his status will obviously change the UFA market's landscape considerably...
And this isn't trade-related, but it's intriguing:
from Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork,
Rangers forward (and Boston native) Brian Boyle will be scratched for the third straight game Tuesday against the Boston Bruins and he's not happy about it.
Venting his frustration, the struggling center wants back into the team's lineup and feels he can still contribute to his Rangers squad.
"I didn't play as well as I could've but I know I can be a good player and effective player in this league and on this team," he told reporters Tuesday morning after the team's skate at TD Garden. "It's infuriating sitting out, it's awful. And it's pissing me off a lot."
Gotta imagine John Tortorella likes to see this sort of fire and anguish from Boyle. Although the hulking centerman is fighting it right now, he's showing the requisite desperation to return.
No penalty on the play but some of the “web talk” called it a dirty hit.
In my opinion, it may have been a little late, but holding off until a better view becomes available.
added 10:59pm, Embedded a better look at the hit video, put the original video below…
added 10:38pm, via an Elliotte Friedman tweet,
We looked at Neil hit for lateness, was .25 seconds after puck. NHL standard is .5. League will have to determine if head shot
added 11:17pm, Tortorella post-game on the hit, scroll to the :30 second mark in the 2nd video below…
added 1:59am 4/22/12, a 3rd video added below, the MSG feed.