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Free agency eve (updated)

Posted By Carp On June 30, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Uncategorized | 264 Comments

So we are a day away. I just remember the eve of free agency last season when everybody thought the Rangers were about to get Dany Heatley, after they made the Scott Gomez salary-dump trade (in which they got Ryan McDonagh’s rights, not to mention Christopher Higgins). And when the Heatley deal fell through, the Rangers had cleared the deck for Marian Gaborik’s contract the next day.

I don’t know if there will be any action going down tonight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was.

Here, from TSN, is the unofficial list of players who will be free agents from Eastern Conference teams on Thursday. [1]

Here is TSN’s list of players due to be free agents from the West. [2]

I’ll try to publish the official lists when the NHL releases them.
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I was hoping to get to the Garden Monday night, when the Rangers’ top new prospects toured the new design of the building, and Glen Sather and John Tortorella were available. But of course, my “other” job got in the way and I couldn’t go. And I was hoping to get over to the prospects camp one of these days, but of course my “other” job is preventing that so far.

Oh, well.
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I do however, plan to be with youse all day Thursday, whether the Rangers take a dip in the pool or not. Should be an interesting day. Always is.

That is, if the world doesn’t stop spinning for LeBron James.
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MORNING UPDATE, 10:14 A.M.: Gotta tell you, I’m waffling now.

The idea of adding Kovalchuk, if he would come for little more than Redden money, is starting to appeal to me. It’s just that, well, guys like that don’t become UFAs very often, not in their prime. And if you can get him long term, and have Gaborik for four more years, and the goalie is in his prime, and there is still room for the young kids to be incorporated into the team, and Redden’s contract will be gone in September, and Brashear’s will be gone after this season, and maybe you can trade Rozsival and have only one remaining albatross contract (Drury), and still have enough left to sign Staal, well … why not do it?

Why not? Why wait for next year’s UFA class?

Unless you don’t like Kovalchuk as a player. Some don’t.

One other thing: What is Erik Christensen thinking turning down a two-year deal for $750,000 per?
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[1] Here, from TSN, is the unofficial list of players who will be free agents from Eastern Conference teams on Thursday.: http://tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=25552

[2] Here is TSN’s list of players due to be free agents from the West.: http://tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=25558