It pays to go to the rink early. When I got here I ran into a scout I know, who told me there’s this 20-year-old kid in Germany who somehow snuck under the radar and went undrafted and thus is a complete free agent. His name is Bernhard Holden.
Anyway, this kid is like Malkin, some say he might be just as good, and only five NHL teams even know about him, and my source told me that the Rangers will announce they have won the sweepstakes (a cash payment to his German team for his release) and they will sign him today. He would be the No. 1 pick in the June draft if this was his draft year, the scout said. He’s like 6-3, 220, tough, fast, and has hands like Zherdev. The source also said that the Rangers are sure they will be able to fit him under the cap.
Maybe we will have more info when the announcement is made and we get a conference call.
Also, the owner is here today and the rumor is he’s going to speak with the media for his annual late-season state-of-the-Rangers. And the word is that he’s going to lay it out on the table: Second round of the playoffs or there will be a housecleaning.
Wow! Big, big stuff in Ranger-land today.
Jane will have an update this afternoon. Meanwhile, just two games with Eastern Conference playoff bearing tonight: NJD @ Pitt, Philly at T.O.