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Reading between the lines

Posted By Sam Weinman On December 10, 2008 @ 10:13 am In Uncategorized | 115 Comments

The e-mail from J.P. Barry, Mats Sundin’s agent was brief:

“He will be there. No meetings confirmed yet.”

This was about Sundin’s visit to Madison Square Garden for the Rangers-Hurricanes game on Saturday, when he’ll be making a promotional appearance for an online poker outfit. Naturally this would be an opportunity for the free agent center to get together with Glen Sather and others to possibly talk about signing with the Rangers.

But as Barry said, there have been “no meetings confirmed yet.” Fine.

But what to make of the word “confirmed”? Or, for that matter, the word “yet”? Is this to say that the possibility of a meeting has indeed been broached? When Barry uses the word “yet”, is that to say that he expects the meeting to be confirmed, but he just hasn’t heard back?

(This sort of word-parsing reminds me of when I was courting my wife back in college, when I’d replay every conversation in my head. When she said, “You’re a great guy,” was that to say that, You’re a great guy, and I’m glad you called? Or was it more, You’re a great guy but you can’t honestly expect me to be seen with a guy driving a used Nissan Sentra? I guess I learned the answer.)

Naturally, I e-mailed Barry back for clarification, and he said that nothing had been “arranged to date.” So let’s just assume that while a meeting hasn’t been arranged, it’s still very possible.

Meanwhile, suppose Sather and Sundin do meet and Sundin decides MSG is absolutely where he wants to play. What happens then? Here’s where it gets tough, because the Rangers would have to find a way to clear some cap space, and it’s not like you can put a Michal Rozsival or Petr Prucha on eBay and expect five teams to snatch them up within minutes.

The Rangers could make it happen. But no one is under the impression it would be easy.
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Whether Sundin wants to be a Ranger or not, it sounds like “Henrik Lundqvist is all for it”:http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2008/12/09/2008-12-09_henrik_lundqvist_would_like_mats_sundin_.html.
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No word on a lineup for tonight. The big question is whether Wade Redden returns or if Corey Potter stays in.

More on that later…


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