A couple of final thoughts before collapsing.
Brush with greatness claim of the day: Chris Drury and I played against one another at least once when I played youth hockey for Rye and he played for Mid-Fairfield. Quick question: What are the odds that Chris Drury is bragging about once playing hockey against me? Right. That’s what I thought.
Sather conceded that at least one of the two contracts involves a no-trade clause, something he never wanted to include in a deal. But he acknowledged this was a time to compromise.
Brendan Shanahan’s signing seems like a formality since both sides want to get it done. That said, you wonder if the Rangers, knowing Shanahan wasn’t going to entertain other offers, figured they could be more agressive with what they offered Drury and Gomez.
Sather said neither player knew about the deal with other until their own negotiations were done. ‘’We called them both at the same time and neither one knew about it until the very end,” he said.
To clarify what I said earlier about Henrik Lundqvist, what Glen Sather said was this: “There are other options than signing him to a long-term deal immediately, although we’d like to do that.”
Lundqvist will be a Group II free agent the next two years so the Rangers have some wiggle room. So the option might be to sign him to something manageable for one more year before going for the big enchilada, since by then they’d presumably clear some more cap space.
Sather tried calling Jaromir Jagr to fill him in on what’s going on, but he never reached the Big Fella. Jagr was in touch with people in the Rangers’ offices, so I’m sure he knew this was coming. And as much as he liked Michael Nylander, I can’t imagine he’s complaining right about now.
The two newest Rangers will be introduced at a press conference at the MSG Training Center tomorrow at 3. More from there…