Yesterday it was the Rangers announcing they had signed on former Coyotes GM Mike Barnett as a special adviser to Glen Sather. Today I spoke to Frank Effinger, who was a Rangers pro scout until this month, but is now the Head Pro Scout for Phoenix (Frank, as “I’ve written about before”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/04/coming-full-circle/, also has the distinction of being my first-ever hockey coach, when I was a mite wearing my older brother’s 1972-edition shin pads. Despite that, he’s actually carved out a pretty nice career for himself).
Which leads me to point out again that despite the frequent comings-and-goings between New York and Phoenix, there are in fact 28 other teams in the NHL.
A quick review of some of the recent transactions between the two teams, which I suppose should begin when the Great One himself stepped out of a Rangers uniform and into an ownership position with the Yotes (by the way, these are all off the top of my head, so feel free to chime in):
<li>Rangers assistant GM Don Maloney leaves New York to become GM in Phoenix.
<li>Rangers trade Marcel Hossa and Al Montoya (both Don Maloney acquisitions) to Phoenix for David LeNeveu, Josh Gratton and Fred Sjostrom.
<li>Rangers trade Alex Bourret, another DMA, to Phoenix for a third-round draft choice.
<li>Barnett to Rangers.
<li>Effinger to Phoenix.
I’m sure there are more, but it’s hot in my office and I just had a big sandwich.
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