Could it all have been a big tease?


It’s quite possible that as soon as I even suggest that the Rangers will do nothing at the trade deadline, we will receive word to the contrary.

But there are only 30 minutes left, meaning we we are entering the dropped phone call, broken fax machine, faulty wireless connection zone where potential deals just don’t get done.

We shall see…

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  1. If they make a deal it will be minor, like adding Steve Staios for depth for a 5th round pick or something. No big moves for sure.

  2. Optimash Prime on

    no one is going anywhere. these trade deadline days have gotten old. i was hoping satan would go to nj for the novelty factor…..

  3. stopwiththefourthlinealready on

    You have got to think colorado is looking to move someone, they picked up two mean defensman…. they have 8 on the roster now plus one on ir…. logical choice. Also toronto has been quiet and they have guys to move as well. Hossa also has not moved yet so i am sure there are more to come.

  4. Rumor of the moment: It’s always hard to find names that haven’t made the rounds, but the New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes were reportedly discussing a deal that would send Radim Vrbata, a 27-goal scorer this season that they’re having trouble signing, to the New York Rangers in exchange for Marian Hossa’s younger brother, Marcel, plus goaltending prospect Al Montoya. The connection there is that the Coyotes’ current GM, Don Maloney, was Glen Sather’s long-time assistant in New York. Vrbata would upgrade the Rangers’ perplexingly pop-gun attack; Montoya would plug a goaltending prospect into the Coyotes’ system, although that position appears to be in good hands with Ilya Bryzgalov at the moment.

  5. Why do I get the feeling Slats will pull off another miracle steal and land Hossa? (Since that report of him going to the Pens was called a rumor.)

    Hossa for Malik straight up?

    (Just kidding!)

  6. (second repost, ugh)

    Just got ouf of class for the day, so I have to put in my comments. Plus, I can’t get or to open for some full coverage.

    I like Emrick because he uses so many different words, so he keeps it fresh during a game. He can get a little loud, but isn’t that good? Maybe over the course of a season he gets annoying to Devils fans, but I don’t find him too bad in limited dosage. Berman is good on SportsCenter, with all his nicknames and excitement, but I agree with the person who mentioned that Berman may think he’s the reason for people to tune into games. He’s not really that good, despite being loud.

    I wonder why the Red Wings weren’t part of Maguire’s top five Cup contenders. That seems a bit odd, since he compiled it before trades started happening. Lidstrom should be back for the playoffs, so that can’t be it.

    So the Devils have nine healthy defenesmen now? Why?? I don’t understant the Huet or Richards trades either. I can’t see why Tampa Bay needs another young goalie, but that being said, I think they got fleeced. Maybe they didn’t get much because of Richards’s high salary; NHL Numbers won’t load either – Is he signed passed this season?

    I was thinking about getting a watch too, even though I always seem to lose them. What do you think of a rubber strap on a watch like this? It seems weird and uncomfortable, but I don’t know.

  7. Now with Huet gone, let’s see the Habs come back from a 5-0 lead in the third period the next time we play them. Bet they can’t.

  8. Yes, Backman is a Ranger. Is this good or bad though? I mean we only gave up a fourth rounder, so that is good.

  9. Marian Hossa to Penguins for Angelo Esposito, Colby Armstrong, and Eric Christensen as well as a 1st pick

  10. tsn is saying colby armstrong, eric christiansen, angelo esposito and possibly a first round pick for hossa

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    Malkin is better than Crosby. I say you put Hossa with Malkin.

    As for the Backman pickup. I’m happy with it.

    Jason Strudwick is probably thinking right now, “I played 3/4s of the season with the Rangers and all I have to show for it is this stupid moustache.”

  12. Doodie Machetto on

    That’s a pretty small return for Hossa. I was expecting it to be a lot more. Mtl and Ottawa must’ve been playing really hard ball.

  13. Backman only recently (2/23) came back from a broken bone in his foot. The Pens got remotely scary looking.

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    Pittsburg hasn’t addressed their biggest need: Goaltending.

    Conklin can’t carry them to a cup and MA Fleury blows.

  15. Pierre M. says he hates the deal for pens. armstrong and crosby had great chemistry, he says.

    I think they gave up way too much for a playoff flop. they also gave up a #1 pick too

  16. Bäckman was drafted by St. Louis Blues in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 1st round, 24th overall. It was not until season 2002-03 he got a contract for play in the NHL. He only played four games for St. Louis in his first season, spending the rest of the season playing for Worcester Ice Cats in the AHL. Since 2003-04 he has been a regular for St. Louis recording 37 points (11 goals, 25 assists), and 64 penalty minutes in 121 games.[1] During season 2005-06 Bäckman led St. Louis with an average of 24 minutes, 48 seconds of ice time per game.[2]

    Bäckman is big defenceman, moving confidently with the puck who is often seen successfully dumping it towards the net which gives his teammates in front of the goaltender good scoring chances.[1]

    During the 2004-05 NHL lockout Bäckman played for his Swedish youth club Frölunda HC in Elitserien where he totalled 19 points in 50 games, winning the Elitserien playoffs.[1]

    St. Louis Blues announced on August 10, 2006, that the club re-signed Bäckman for a multi-year contract, although no contract details was released.[3] According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet the contract gives Bäckman 50 million Swedish kronor (approx. $7 million) over three years.[4]

    On February 26, 2008 Backman was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a 4th round draft pick.

  17. Backman is apparently 7 mil over 3 years starting in 06-07. If I am deciphering his wikipedia site correctly.

  18. You guys are usually good at coming up with scouting reports…who has one on this dude Backdoor Backstrom?

  19. Here’s the scary part about Backman:

    22-Feb-08 Missed 10 games (left foot injury).
    02-Feb-08 Left foot injury, day-to-day.
    13-Feb-07 Missed 4 games (lower body injury).
    03-Feb-07 Lower body injury, day-to-day.
    13-Jan-07 Missed 7 games (knee injury).
    29-Dec-06 Knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.
    05-Dec-06 Missed 2 games (flu).
    30-Nov-06 Flu, day-to-day.
    28-Oct-06 Missed 8 games (shoulder surgery).
    03-Oct-06 Shoulder surgery, sidelined indefinitely.
    14-Sep-06 Shoulder surgery, day-to-day.
    09-Aug-06 Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the St. Louis Blues to a multi-year contract.
    15-Apr-06 Missed 1 game (wrist injury).
    12-Apr-06 Wrist injury, day-to-day.
    08-Feb-06 Missed 1 game (hip injury).
    04-Feb-06 Hip injury, day-to-day.
    02-Feb-06 Hip injury, left Thursday’s game.
    19-Jan-06 Missed 21 games (fractured left foot).
    03-Dec-05 Fractured left foot, sidelined indefinitely.
    12-Nov-05 Missed 6 games (shoulder injury).
    29-Oct-05 Shoulder injury, sidelined indefinitely.

  20. Backman for a 4th rounder (91st through 120th) is a good deal. Plenty of upside for little risk.

    Penguins gave up WAY too much for Hossa. Like the Islanders and what’s his face. Trading the future for a rental player.

  21. TSN Scouting Report on Christian Backman:

    Assets: Moves the puck well out of the defensive zone. Has an excellent frame and displays plenty of poise from the back end. Owns intriguing offensive upside.

    Flaws: Must add more strength in order to survive the rigors of the NHL. Once he fills out, he must use his size more so as to keep forwards honest.

    Career Potential: Top four defenseman.

  22. there is a new ranger way.

    3 yrs. in a row, no more rentals, no more overpriced hype, building within and adding strategic FA’s when it makes sense.

    Yeah. Pittsburgh in the long run will regret the Hossa move …..

    I assume Backman is better then Struds if so it was a good move……..

  23. Rangers trade Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa to Phoenix for Fredrik Sjostrom, Josh Gratton, and David Leneveu

  24. I am a St.Louis Blues fan and can tell you that Backman is just an average dman. He played on the Olympic team but really doesn’t make his presence known. He is very injury prone, doesn’t dish out hits. Has a decent slapshot. Makes okay puck decisions. Doesn’t use his size at all. Can have a good outlet pass. Blues have played him on the powerplay but I don’t know why. Does not kill penalties.
    St.Louis has a lot of Defense depth so we are not upset by the deal.

  25. Marion Hossa & Pascal Dupuis to Penguins for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen & Prospect Angelo Esposito and a 1st Round Draft Pick

  26. Fredrik Sjostrom #20 RW/LW
    DOB: Fri, May 06, 1983
    Age: 24
    Place of Birth: Fargelanda, Sweden
    HT: 6-1 WT: 217
    Shoots: L
    NHL Seasons: 3
    Drafted by Phoenix in 2001 (1/11).

    Assets: Has a terrific combination of speed, skill and defensive instincts. Is willing to take a hit in order to make a play.

    Flaws: Needs to make better adjustments to the North American game. Is a bit undersized by NHL standards.

    Career potential: Top six winger.

    David LeNeveu #30 G
    DOB:May 23, 1983
    Place of Birth: Fernie, B.C., Canada
    HT: 6-1 WT: 187
    Shoots: L
    NHL Seasons: 2
    Drafted by Phoenix in 2002 (2/46).

    “Possesses strong skating ability with good balance, quickness and athleticism…has very quick lateral movement and uses a controlled butterfly style…has a fast glove hand…plays a sound positional game, effectively staying square to the shooter…is very alert and aware of what is happening around him…effectively uses the paddle-down technique in scramble situations…effectively sets up for the defensemen to breakout…has good overall instincts…plays with a lot of intensity with a confident attitude…is a strong individual who effectively holds his ground when forwards crash the net…refuses to get intimidated.” (Central Scouting Bureau, 2002)

    “The sophomore goalie from Cornell is beating a path to pro hockey quicker than he knows it. LeNeveu got off to a great start in college and his confidence soared when he was named to Canada’s roster for the World Junior Championship, where he was somewhat spotty in two appearances. The scouting reports have been excellent on LeNeveu and the Coyotes are thrilled with his game preparation and commitment to fitness.” (Bob McManaman, The Hockey News Future Watch 2003, p. 32)

    Incidentally, NYR goalie coach Benoit Allaire has worked extensively with him.

    Josh Gratton #24 LW
    DOB:Sep 09, 1982
    Place of Birth: Brantford, Ont., Canada
    HT: 6-2 WT: 214
    Shoots: L
    NHL Seasons: 2
    Signed by Philadelphia in 2004.

    Assets: Is big, strong and as tough as nails. Can drop the gloves against the very best enforcers in the NHL. Understands his role and is a good teammate.

    Flaws: Doesn’t have the speed or skill required to play a regular shift at the highest level. Has a tendency to get into penalty trouble from time to time.

    Career potential: Fourth line enforcer.

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