If you haven’t read “this Bruce Dowbiggen story”:http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/sports/flames/story.html?id=e826a73b-b9e6-461b-bd4b-c987105c8ee7 on a July 1 in the life of super-agent J.P. Barry, I recommend it.
It’s a fairly revealing look at the frenetic nature of the first day of free agency, and it includes this curious passage about the Rangers, who apparently now have former Phoenix G.M. and longtime Wayne Gretzky agent Mike Barnett on the payroll.
“As Jermain Franklin of TSN strolls in for the live TV hit, Barry gets a surprise call. His old boss from IMG — Mike Barnett, the ex-Coyotes GM — is now apparently working for the Rangers in some capacity. Once the king of hockey agents, Barnett is now calling to inquire after the reluctant Sundin on behalf of Rangers boss Glen Sather. Barry tells him what he’s telling everyone: When I know, you’ll know.”
According to the Rangers, Barnett doesn’t have an official title yet but will be scouting. The irony, of course, is that Barnett was fired in Phoenix and replaced by one of Sather’s top subordinates, Don Maloney. And now Barnett will essentially — although not exactly — be working in Maloney’s place under Sather.
The hockey world is far too small.