The lack of activity thus far certainly suggested as much, and Larry Brooks reports today that “the Rangers have no intention of signing any of the team’s big free agents before July 1.”:http://www.nypost.com/sports/rangers/rangers.htm
That means Jaromir Jagr, Sean Avery, Brendan Shanahan, Michal Rozsival, and Martin Straka would all be free to solicit offers from other teams, although Brooks also notes that Sather still might make overtures to both Jagr and Shanahan. Either way it doesn’t sound like Avery is part of any plan, a decision that is likely to alienate the left wing’s many fans in New York.
Among some other nuggets from the story:
<li>With Marc Crawford, never a big Avery fan, gone from L.A., the most logical place for Avery to return is to the Kings. Brooks also notes that Darcy Tucker of all people could be a potential Avery replacement.
<li>The above moves might enable the Rangers to pursue Brian Campbell, who is not likely to return to San Jose and who will be the most sought after free agent defenseman on July.
<li>Even if the Rangers do in fact lose their top wings, they still aren’t going to go after Marian Hossa, but they may be active on the trade market. Brooks mentions San Jose’s Jonathan Cheechoo, the Kings’ Mike Cammalleri and Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler all as possibilities.
A lot to decipher here. I have my own opinions, which I’ll share later…