There doesn’t appear to be anything close to last year’s deck-clearing Scott Gomez deal or the Dany Heatley talks of June 30, 2009, going down tonight, and from one horse’s mouth, nothing major is expected to happen tomorrow involving the Rangers and the free-agent market.
I guess they will announce the Derek Stepan signing tomorrow, and I imagine they’re working on a deal with Jody Shelley before he hits the unrestricted market. They will surely sniff out a backup goalie—though there are plenty of them available, and no need to rush into that fray. Erik Christensen, meanwhile, might want to think about what happens if he’s not interested in the two-year, $750,000 offer from the Rangers and then doesn’t get a better offer somewhere else. Would the Rangers’ offer still be there?
Personally, I think $750,000 is a bargain for a guy who could play minutes on the top two lines. On the other hand, why should the Rangers go much higher … other than they probably will have to pay more to plug that relatively small hole.
But I’m getting the feeling that the Rangers won’t be in it for Ilya Kovalchuk, and that if he really wants $9M per or more, there won’t be a lot of teams in it, either. The old saying, though, is that it only takes one team.
The fun begins at noon Eastern time. Or Leastern, as we like to say here.