The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi “reaffirms our own theory”:http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/chippediceblog/, which says the Rangers losing out on Marian Hossa means they will make a bigger push for Jaromir Jagr:
“Weâ€™ve been told the Penguins are interested in Jagr, but they believe New York will now make an aggressive attempt to retain Jagr, its captain.”
From a strictly hockey standpoint, you would think the Rangers retaining one high-end wing makes sense.
But what about from a P.R. perspective? This topic comes up every now and then on the blog, specifically whether the Rangers make certain moves in the interest of appeasing their fan base. I’ve always been skeptical. I think the Rangers know they have some of the most loyal fans in sports, and I think they know short of putting Brad Isbister on the first line those fans are going to stick with them (OK, bad example).
Having said that, though, let’s look at the other side. So far in free agency, the Rangers’ biggest moves may have been overpaying for two defensemen, and they just let one of their most popular players leave for an amount that, in hindsight, might not have been so exorbitant.
Now they risk losing their captain and centerpiece as well because in the process of chasing another player they didn’t get, they may have royally ticked him off.
So in other words, yes, I think saving face might be a goal for today.