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.
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.