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To spend, or not to spend … (updated)

Posted By Carp On June 30, 2009 @ 9:44 am In Uncategorized | 229 Comments

In 1998, at the Rangers’ annual team Halloween party, Scott Fraser showed up in a ski mask, holding a bag.

“Who are you supposed to be?” his teammates would ask.

“My agent,” said Fraser.

And everybody cracked up. Fraser had just signed a three-year, $4.1 million deal as a free agent, leaving Edmonton that summer. Glen Sather, then the Oilers GM, must have been laughing too.

So as we head into the homestretch of the Dany Heatley sweepstakes (we should know if he will be a Ranger by midnight, when he’s due a $4 million bonus), and as we head into the opening of the free-agent market also at midnight tonight, I thought I might share this.

In no particular order or relevance, here are most (we may have missed a few) of the free agents the Rangers have signed the last 10 years. You decide which ones worked out:

Theo Fleury
Val Kamensky
Sylvain Lefebvre
Stephane Quintal
Kirk McLean
Tim Taylor
Ray Ferraro
Bruce Driver
John MacLean
Bobby Holik
Darius Kasparaitis
Wade Redden
Chris Drury
Scott Gomez
Brendan Shanahan
Martin Rucinsky
Steve Rucchin
Vladimir Malakhov
Mark Messier (the sequel)
Aaron Voros
Markus Naslund
Martin Straka
Jason Strudwick
Alex Gusarov
Dave Karpa
Matt  Cullen
Dan Girardi
Marek Malik
Michael Nylander
Michal Rozsival
Aaron Ward
Jason Ward
Kevin Weekes
Greg DeVries
Chris Simon
Ted Donato
Zdeno Ciger
Barrett  Heisten
Steve McKenna
Igor Ulanov

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That said, here’s a list of the top 50 free agents from NHL.com. [1]


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AFTERNOON UPDATE: 1:11 P.M.:


My buddy Tom Gulitti, who used to cover the Rangers and now has a fine Devils blog at the Bergen Record [2], reminded me that the free agency period begins at noon, not midnight like the old days. Geez, I wish Gary Bettman would call me when he changes things.


Also, here is the list of invitees to the U.S. Olympic hockey camp for 2010 [3]. It includes Callahan, Drury and Gomez.


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[1] here’s a list of the top 50 free agents from NHL.com.: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=432080&navid=DL|NHL|Home

[2] Devils blog at the Bergen Record: http://njmg.typepad.com/devilsblog/

[3] list of invitees to the U.S. Olympic hockey camp for 2010: http://www.usahockey.com/Template_Usahockey.aspx?NAV=TU_01_01_05&id=264078