OK, here’s what we know:
*UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: The Rangers confirmed the prospect in the Dupuis deal is Alex Bourret.*
*UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: The Rangers have confirmed trading Pascal Dupuis to Atlanta in exchange for a prospect. Good as Dupuis had been with Jed Ortmeyer and Matt Cullen, the team was going to lose him at the end of the year anyway.*
The Rangers have indeed traded Aaron Ward to Boston in exchange for defenseman Paul Mara.
They have also recalled Brad Isbister from Hartford.
They have also not traded Jaromir Jagr, nor will they. According to one source, it was never an option.
A brief reaction: Take away the whole Jagr-Ward spat, which I realize is a difficult thing to ignore, and the trade still makes sense. As I said the other day, Ward’s game had slipped considerably in recent weeks, to the extent that his play with the puck was guesswork.
Now throw in the fact that he was clashing with the team captain, was outspoken to the point of distraction most of the season, and he wasn’t the right fit with this team.
The 27-year-old Mara had 3 goals and 15 assists this season, and is making slightly more than Ward at $3 million per. No word on whether he’ll play tonight, although he was in the lineup last night for the Bruins against Atlanta.
Plenty more later, I’m sure….