I believe the first story I wrote as Rangers beat writer last year was the team announcing the signing of Brendan Shanahan — which is to say, I missed all of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that led to that point.
Today will be my first full go-round on “the free agency carousel”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070701/SPORTS01/707010351/1034/SPORTS, and I’ve already asked a lot of questions about what to expect. Many of you know the answer better than I.
I’m told it will be quite frenetic almost immediately. I’m told there will be plenty of speculation. I’m told much of it will be wrong.
Many of you have come to know this blog as a forum for news, insights, and yes, the occasional rumor. We can certainly dip our feet into that pool over the next few days. But I probably won’t entertain every single whisper being tossed around on other message boards and blogs unless they’re rooted in something resembling truth.
Otherwise, we might all go crazy.
Either way, this should be fun. I think everyone expects the Rangers to be very active (“here’s my story from today’s paper”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070701/SPORTS01/707010351/1034/SPORTS elaborating on as much) both looking outside their organization, and of course, trying to hold on to their own valuable assets.
As always, stay tuned…