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I had a conversation this afternoon with Don Maloney, who was reluctant to say too much about the precarious state of the Rangers, mostly because he has been busy scouting other teams.

That said, I figure it’s worth noting that the Rangers assistant GM said he is going to be on the Island tonight to watch the Blackhawks against the Islanders.

Maybe that’s not worth reading into too much since the Rangers have scouts looking at almost every team coming into the area. But it is Maloney and not just a scout, and it’s already been reported that the Blackhawks have been tailing the Rangers in recent days as well.

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The name “being tossed around is Jassen Cullimore”:http://www2.sportsnet.ca/blogs/hockey_hearsay/2006/10/30/flyer_fire_sale_starting_with/, the Blackhawks 33-year-old defenseman who measures a considerable 6-foot-5, 237 pounds, but who is slated to make $1.9 million this season. Again, it’s only speculation that Cullimore, who won a Stanley Cup a few years back with the Lightning, is the player the Rangers are looking at. But he doesn’t quite sound like an answer to an already heavy payroll.

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  1. This guy sounds like one big mistake. Hopefully we can get rid of two big mistakes in the deal…

  2. Honestly, this would be awesome. A soon-to-be 34 year old large, non-physical defenseman? One point and -4 in nine game? Awesome.

    But here’s the best part, he has NINE minor penalties in those 9 games.

    Three holdings, two hooks, two trips, one interference, and a slash.

    Speculation is fun.

  3. Ah the good old “Change of scenery” trade…

    It’s like ordering the worst thing on the menu and then leaning in to your girlfriend, “This is awful, try it.”

    We should cut, demote, bench or even try a conditioning stint… but trading weakness for weakness is non-sensical.

  4. Chicago is worse than the Rangers – and their TRYING to trade Cullimore – this would be a bad move.

  5. Cullimore is not the D man we need. I wish we got Pronger in the off season. I doubt anyone in that caliber is available. We need to unload quantity for quality. It won’t be easy.

  6. Cullimore?!? he will be 34 in a month and is probably slower than Malik and he only got 6 hits in 9 games. He stinks.

    It is more likely Aucoin who played for coach Hyena in Vancouver.

  7. Oh, That’s great. Lets get another high paying past his prime player. Boy, that sounds fimiliar. Glenn sather and Don maloney at there best. This is the problem with this regime. When are they going to get it that this isn’t the way to build a hockey team, especially in this new era where speed is where the NHL is going. Glenn sather and Maloney got to go. I know what you’re thinking, sather built those great oiler teams. Well, that’s not 100% true and just look at the work since he has been a GM with the rangers. I noticed some ranger fans blame the coaching but the coach is only as good as his players.

  8. Uh, Vinny Pooh, no way on Aucoin. The oft-injured Adrian is 33 and has two more years after this on his contract. I don’t think even Maloney is that dumb. Well, maybe.

  9. Aucoin is a hell of a lot better than Cullimore though.

    Other possibbilities are Lapointe and Smolinski.

    “I noticed some ranger fans blame the coaching but the coach is only as good as his players.”

    and players are only as good as their coach, thus we have a paradox.

  10. Its not that Chicago WANTS to trade him…its that they need depth up front. I dont think it would take more than HOSSA nad a pick or something like it…really…the Rangers can deal from a position of strength…they can seay tehy dont NED a defender, but just want to try to make a change. I am going to watch the Hawks game tonight…or at least parts of it…so if he is really slow as MALIK..I doubt he is…but we shall see…I always though he was faster than MALIK…but thats just me.ALSO…we dont know if he is the only guy being looked at…perhaps a center who is better than BETTS for the 3rd line is being looked at as well…we dont know…

  11. Lapointe, Smolinski, Cullimore, Aucoin… no, no, no, no. Unless the trade is expanded to include a prospect or young player, it’s not worth it.

    You make a trade for one of these guys and you all but bury pock or immonen or baranka for the whole season. Why don’t you just shove a dagger in my heart?

  12. Martin Gelinas, Stu Barnes, Roman Hamrlik, John LeClaire, and Bret Hedican are about 50, so anticipate they are in the Rangers plans. They’re probably making a hard push for Travis Green and Ken Klee as well.

    Just when you think this teams management can’t get any worse, you heard trade rumors for Cullimore, Lapointe, and Smolinski.

  13. Here let me throw some names at you that would help:
    Steve Staios, old, but effective, physical, and will get points.
    Mike Commodore: big, tough, physical, but sound
    Jovanovski: expensive, but exactly what this team needs
    Brendan Witt: see above
    Kyle McLaren: see above
    Chris Phillips
    Garent Exelby

  14. Sather needs to learn how to build a team, maybe he should seek these answers across the river somewhere in New jersey. The Devils make the playoffs every year and have a chance to win a cup because Lou the GM knows how to draft and when he needs to make a trade.

  15. Anthony (Abev) on

    Sam, you need to tell your powers that be that you need a new webspace. 50+ comments now on gameday posts? You used to have 5. You are becoming too popular. Tell them you need a message board.

    I dont think there are a player or players that are making this team play like this. It’s one player. I dont know who it is. One player leaving this team will change the whole dynamic. Theres one player that the players really think su&ks, and themselves cannot figure out why hes playing. Someone needs to find that player.

    As for additions, I seriously doubt that any new player could all of the sudden turn them into a 100 pt team.

  16. To all my fellow ranger fans. We can speculate all day until our faces turn blue. The problem with the rangers is Glenn sather and don maloney. Don’t take this the wrong way. I loved maloney as a player but he is clueless when it comes to drafting. Don’t you remember when he was the GM of the Icelanders (islanders), those teams were brutal. i wonder why.
    The rangers finish lower in the drafting every year than the devils yet every time I happen to watch a devils game they have a good young player playing from there farm team. What we need to do is figure a way to convince Dolan to sell the rangers and than convince new owner or owners to fire sather and his crew, than we will be on the corect path in building a team at MSG that will win.

  17. tryouts are over on

    i would go for smolinski, we need another center, a 2nd-3rd line type center, and thats what he is. now, as for his salary, i have no idea what it is but its probably in the 2-3 million range. if somehow its less than 2, then im all for it.

  18. From the Chicago Tribue writer:

    Defenseman Jassen Cullimore was scratched for a second straight game and his situation has the potential to create a problem for the Hawks. It’s believed the Hawks would like to trade Cullimore and his $1.9 million salary. But in order to trade him, they need to play him so teams can have a look. But he also needs to play well to get value in return, and that’s something Yawney said Cullimore hasn’t done. . . .

  19. Wow, this description of cullimore’s return to the lineup, posted on a blackhawks blog, sounds exactly like this blog’s attitude towards our guys:

    “Putting Arkhipov back in the lineup is quite puzzling, but the Cullimore move almost makes sense, considering the ‘Hawks are trying to deal him, and can’t get his value up without putting him on the ice. Cullimore actually didn’t look like a disaster the entire night, and almost looked like NHL material on some shifts. If they can find a taker for him in a trade, though, it’ll be a miracle.”

    Luckily for Chi-town, Sather’s a man of limitless faith.

  20. Just to clarify again. Maloney never used the name Cullimore. That’s just my conjecture based on him going to the Island tonight to see the ‘Hawks.

  21. What this team needs is a 2nd line center. Honestly, I dont want to deal for anyone in this league besides Lecavalier or Richards (wishful thinking) The d is a problem for sure, but when you ALREADY have 8 defenseman, getting yet another defenseman doesnt seem to be the right move. I would rather play Pock and even Baranka and deal from a position of strength….well, maybe not strength but a position of excess to fill a much needed position. Lecavalier would be an AWESOME pickup, just depends on what the bolts want back.

  22. hockeymanrangers on

    Wow! Reading all this has me concerned, how does this happen before the season started the Rangers were “THE TEAM” that’s all I heard with Shani and Jagr and AAAAAAALLLLLLL the young players coming up thru Hartford, and all our wonderful draft picks we SOUNDED like we were going to be unstopable. This season and many more to come???? Again WOW I was on the WolfPack sight earlier they have won ONE game and at the bottom of their division. How many of these guys (hartford) played together last year??? Is this just that they need more time to gel with each other. If these guys are not clicking, and back to NY where are we going to get our young speedy players from??? I am begining to see what you guys are talking about does Sather really know what he is doing??? But I do get the impression that Renney is a good man, I don’t know??? We need SOME KIND OF ACTION like someone said “THIS IS NOT FUN TO WATCH” .

  23. Ranger Lineup I would Like:

    Line 1: JJ-Straka-Dawes
    line 2: Shanny-Nylander-Prucha
    line 3: Dubinski-Cullen-need a trade for the winger
    line 4: Orr-Imonen-Hollweg

    or
    Ortmeyer

    D1 Tyutin-A Ward
    D2 Kasper-Pock
    D3 Gerardi-Ozolinsh or Leetch if he comes back

    PP1- JJ-Straka-Prucha-Tyutin-Ozo or Leetch
    PP2 – Shanny-Nylander-Dawes-Pock-Gerardi

    PK1- Straka-Cullen-Tyutin-A Ward
    PK2- tbd

  24. BRING UP THE FARM. NO LOSERS FROM TRADING WITH LOSING TEAMS!!! GET DRAFT PICKS BACK FOR TRADES. LOOK AT THE PENGUINS. THEY PLAY 18 YEAR OLDS AND ARE EXCITING. SOMETIMES THEY LOOK LIKE WORLD BEATERS. SOMETIMES NOT. SO WHAT?? YOU CAN’T BLAME IT ON THE OVERPAYED JOURNEYMEN IN PITTSBURGH WHEN THEY LOSE. YOU JUST CHALK IT UP TO EXPERIENCE AND MOVE ON. THATS WHAT I WANT THE RANGERS TO BE. I WANT TO WATCH A RANGER YOUNGSTER WIN AND LOSE. NOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF STRANGERS FROM BAD TRADES. OR A BUNCH OF YESTERDAYS NEWS. BRING EM UP FROM HARTFORD. AND TRADE THE DEAD WOOD FOR PICKS.

  25. opportunity for me to put in my semi-annual plug for Jeff Jillson (who I assume is STILL in Rochester slowly and sadly becoming what others on this blog have called ahl-lifers). I think the rangers should inquire about this big, mobile and still young defenseman’s availability. He played 2-3 playoff games for the sabres last spring, and if i recall laid a monster hit on cullen. Let them be reacquainted!

  26. “THATS WHAT I WANT THE RANGERS TO BE. I WANT TO WATCH A RANGER YOUNGSTER WIN AND LOSE. NOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF STRANGERS FROM BAD TRADES. OR A BUNCH OF YESTERDAYS NEWS. BRING EM UP FROM HARTFORD. AND TRADE THE DEAD WOOD FOR PICKS.”

    me too, but most Ranger fans think the only way we can win is with Jagr and his butler posse.

  27. Vinnie Pooh

    Why can’t we have a second season that improves upon the last? What is the reason for this? Salary cap in place. no free spending. And still, the coaches find a way to block progress. It’s a damn shame.

  28. I dont think the problem is the free spending. You cant really look to Cullen, Ward, or Shanahan as problems can you? I have nothing but good things to say about these guys. The problem is guys who were overachieving last year, were brought back when they shouldnt have been (Hossa & Rozsival, even though hossa did NOT overachieve…heck he didnt even achieve!) Rozsival was a guy i NEVER wanted back, I definately saw through the misleading stats to a guy that is vastly overrated. Malik and Kaspar are a bit more shocking. Malik was excellent last year, as was Kaspar, this year both are detriments to the team. Rachunek has also been a poor move, and i will man up that I wanted him and thought he would be good.

    THe problem, to me, is the coaching decisions as far as who plays, for how long, and with who.

    Betts as your 2nd line center? are you kidding me? im not even sure if betts is an NHLer to be honest. Hollweg at center? Pock and Dawes, 2 kids with a world of talent riding the bench? Hossa playing regular minutes every game despite not bringing a single thing to help the team? Shanahan killing penalties?! Prucha riding the bench for long periods of time w/ no explanations.

    Renney right now is the biggest problem if you ask me.

  29. right on, Inferno. The new free agents are not the problem, except for Cullen who got too much $ and too many years. Problem is that we brought back the likes of Rozsival and Straka. Problem is that we didn’t get rid of garbage like Betts and Malik as well as Hossa and Hall to make room for young guys.

  30. I agree with inferno and Vinny but i do think that Straka should have been braught back, Rozsival no, Malik NO, Kasperitis NO, you have to strike while the iron is hot, roszival and Malik had great years last year, we should have traded them while their values were sky high compared to now. Not trading Rozsival was a big mistake, no doubt, Malik too, shoulda got rid of him, and Kasperitis with his contract and problems should have been carted away if there were any takers.

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