Official announcements on the Asham and Haley signings

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From the Rangers:

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH ARRON ASHAM

NEW YORK, July 1, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Arron Asham.

Asham, 34, skated in 64 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, registering five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, along with 76 penalty minutes.  He notched a goal while making his 700th career appearance on October 20 against Montreal, which began a stretch of points in four of five games through October 29 at Toronto (one goal, three assists over the span).  Asham recorded his 200th career point with an assist on December 16 at Ottawa.  He also skated in three playoff contests with the Penguins.

The 5-11, 205-pounder has skated in 756 career games over 13 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 92 goals and 114 assists for 206 points, along with 940 penalty minutes.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Asham will be the first player in NHL history to have skated for all five current Atlantic Division teams once he makes his debut with the Rangers.

Asham established career-highs in goals (15), assists (19), points (34), shots on goal (114), and power play goals (four) while skating in 78 games with the Islanders in 2002-03.  He also tallied single-game career-highs in assists (four), points (five) and plus/minus rating (plus-four) that season, on March 25, 2003, at Chicago.  Asham registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the final 13 games of the 2002-03 season.

In postseason play, Asham has recorded nine goals and eight assists for 17 points, along with 50 penalty minutes in 62 career games with Montreal, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.  He established career-highs in games played (23), goals (four), assists (three), points (seven), shots on goal (32), and plus/minus rating (plus-four) with Philadelphia in the 2010 playoffs.  In the 2011 playoffs, Asham led Pittsburgh in goals (three) and tied for the team lead in points (four).

Asham made his NHL debut with Montreal on November 28, 1998, against Pittsburgh.  He recorded his first career point with an assist on December 18, 1999, at Toronto, and notched his first career goal on December 29, 1999, against Ottawa.

The Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native was originally selected by Montreal as a third round choice, 71st overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH MICHEAL HALEY

NEW YORK, July 1, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Micheal Haley.

Haley, 26, has registered two goals and one assist, along with 151 penalty minutes in 43 career regular season games over three seasons with the New York Islanders.  Last season, he ranked second on the Islanders with seven fighting majors despite only skating in 14 games.  He made his NHL debut on April 10, 2010, at New Jersey, and tallied his first NHL point with a goal on February 11, 2011, against Pittsburgh.

Haley spent the majority of last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points, along with 125 penalty minutes in 51 games.  He established AHL career-highs in goals, points, shots on goal (101), and plus/minus rating (plus-four).  Haley tied for fourth on the team in goals, ranked 10th in points and led Bridgeport in penalty minutes.  He notched his first career hat trick on February 11 against Springfield, capping off a four-game point streak that began on January 28 at Syracuse (five goals, two assists over the span).  Haley posted six multi-point performances, including four multi-goal efforts.  In addition, he skated in three playoff contests with Bridgeport.

The 5-11, 205-pounder has skated in 247 career AHL games over five seasons with Bridgeport, registering 40 goals and 33 assists for 73 points, along with 639 penalty minutes.  He established a career-high with 10 assists and surpassed the 20-point mark for the first time in his AHL career with 22 points in 2010-11.  He ranked ninth on Bridgeport in points, seventh in goals (12) and first in penalty minutes (144) that season.  In 2009-10, he ranked 13th in the AHL with a career-high, 196 penalty minutes.  Haley notched a goal while making his AHL debut on December 8, 2007, at Springfield.  In addition, he has tallied one goal in 11 career AHL playoff contests with Bridgeport.

The Guelph, Ontario native was originally signed by the NY Islanders as an undrafted free agent on May 19, 2008.

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  1. JimboWoodside on

    LeBrun: Souray will earn $4 M next season, $3.5 million in each of last 2 years of deal with Anaheim

    My God!

  2. Garrison is the Parenteau of FA defensemen… And LMAO at the 3 yr Over-35 deal the Ducks gave Souray.

  3. Its obvious Nash is coming at some point but remember this is probably the worst UFA crop ever. Can’t fault the Rangers for not spending $$$ yet.

  4. ThisYearsModel on

    Sure am happy that Zac Rinaldo was not a free agent. We would have him too.

  5. Some of these contract given out today are just mind-boggling….Souray, three years, $11M? He could barely skate last year…..Garrison, 6 years, over $27M?

  6. bull dog line on

    if the Rangers can get Nash at there price, I am OK with it. I do not want to gut the team for this guy.

  7. Tom Foolery on

    We are worse, but we would be a lot worse if we gave out one of these crazy contracts today

  8. So far, whatever moves Sather made, or more importantly, didn’t make, are fine. Patience, boys, just remember he still has more than $20M to spend….

  9. bull dog line on

    Sather showing restraint. hope he keeps it. let it die down a bit, then pounce.

  10. Agree. This hasn’t been a disastrous day for the Rangers, and it could have been … but they do have to do something this summer to upgrade their skill. No doubt about it.

    According to Tim Panaccio in Philly, who spoke with Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda, 21 teams are interested in No. 68.

  11. Oh, yeah, this one is up there too, DJK. I guess some GMs haven’t learned from Buffalo’s experience last year…..

  12. Offer sheet=not happening.

    also, TSN panel discussed this earlier … if Suter leaves, WWEber won’t want to stay. If he signs an offer sheet, say for five years, and Nashville matches, he’s stuck there.

  13. garrison and souray contracts are based off one solid year especailly garrison who may be a one year wonder

  14. bull dog line on

    very true Carp,
    but Weber is going to want to leave sooner, rather than later. if I was going to trade some of my chips, it would be for Weber, not Nash.

  15. have no issues with sather today but the haley signing is puzzling even if he barely plays on nhl level.

    however if parise goes to pitt and suter goes to phil the rangers MUST GET NASH AND FOR THERE PRICE. i could see sather panicing then and adding a step into the deal

  16. Past 3 am now but i cant sleep….So we have $20 million to spend (according to ilb who i trust)….where can we possibly spend that money? In any Nash Deal Dubinsky goes, right? That doesnt decrease the $20 million we have to spend by that much, does it?

  17. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Not used to boring July 1sts in Rangerland…

    I agree, Rangers are not better than yesterday, but would be even worse if they kept Prust at $10 million over 4 years, at that steep price..

    Still can get Nash, WWeber is still in play. Sather is not stupid. Tortorella is not stupid.

    We’ll see….

  18. if someone told me parise stays in nj and doesnt go to pitt i will sign for that

  19. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Looks like Farty the Whale will be staying in Jersey..

    Does that mean they’ll keep JP’s kid?

    I would much rather have Parise in Jersey than in Pittsburgh too..

  20. Dubinsky should only go in any deal if the other team wants him. With his salary, and his last year’s performance, his trade value is at his lowest. They do not need to clear their cap. I’d play him next year instead and see if can contribute more, and actually become a player he was expected to be. Worst case scenario- I do not see his trade value being lower than now.

  21. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    To the Patrick Division goes the sludge of hockey — if I’m Parise, I’d bolt for the West or Detroit.

  22. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Looks like Farty the Whale will be staying in Jersey..

    Why do you say that, Per? It’s pretty early in the FA process…I wonder if there have been any offers thrown his way?

  23. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Ilb2001 – right on about Dubinsky. Keep him. He can only improve from last season.

  24. JimboWoodside on

    Can NJ possibly afford to offer the kind of money that is being discussed for Parise? 100 million dollar contracts? How will they pay Kovalschmuck?

  25. It’ll be interesting to see how the NHL deals with all current contracts when the cap goes down next year. And it surely will with the new CBA. They’ll have grandfather those contracts somehow. Unless, of course, NHLPA agrees to another rollback…

  26. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Jimbo – ’cause I saw it on HockeyRumors. Probably a lame source… Also saw earlier that Chicago was very interested in catching the Great Whale…

    Things just seam to work out for the Lou and the Debbie’s. That’s all. I hope I’m wrong. I’d love to see that team decimated.

  27. Thing about Brodeur, not many teams need a No. 1, and he won’t go anywhere else as a backup. Toronto thinks he’s staying in NJ. That leaves Tampa and Florida, pretty much, and maybe Chicago? And Florida wants Luongo.

    Maybe Flyers should go after him, LOL.

  28. JimboWoodside on

    Well, I certainly agree with you, Per – I’d hate to see Parise end up in PGH, though – that would really suck for our division.

    I read about Chicago and Marty, but I don’t know – they need a good *young* goaltender, not a 40 year-old whale…

  29. Blogmama Go Tony! on

    Is Ashem the new Aasen.?….sorry, but I’m just bummed….and Marty can just kiss my a……holy crap. Again, awful UFA day from my perspective….catch up with Carp’s brilliant take tomorrow…..off to save what’s left of decent weekend……ta :(

  30. carp

    question for you lets say this plays out tom

    parise to pens suter to flyers and nash goes to red wings who are on his short list and detriot goes all in for nash after losing parise where do rangers go from there. thats my biggest fear

  31. JimboWoodside on

    Carp, Chicago could use a better #1, but I’m not convinced that Marty fits the bill. Don’t the teams out in the west/midwest do a lot more traveling during the season? Marty has spent his whole career in NJ where they take maybe 2-3 long road trips all season.

  32. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Parise in Pittsburgh makes me sick. I truly respect JP’s kid as a player, and I understand why he “won’t” play for the NYR, but by that same reasoning, shouldn’t he not want to play for ANY Patrick division team?

  33. Blogmama Go Tony! on

    Next season is going to be sick with certain players on new teams…..holy hartnell.

  34. JimboWoodside on

    Pitt would give Parise a real chance to finally get a Cup though, Per..like them or not, with Parise, Malkin and a non-twitty-bird hearing Skid, they are a pretty strong team. Fleury can play very well too, although he kinda sucked in the playoffs..

  35. JimboWoodside on

    >>>TSNBobMcKenzie Matt Carle will not sign anywhere until after Ryan Suter signs, so no Suter deal tonight = no Carle deal tonight.

    What? Are they secretly married!? WTB!?

  36. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    The Rangers do have a team of kids who will continue to develop next season. They got some grea experience in the playoffs of 2012.

    We would like to see our obvious weaknesses addressed, but there isn’t much out there, and we don’t want to return to the days of the Rangers overpaying for yesterday’s stale talent.

  37. JimboWoodside on

    >>>NYDNRangers Arron Asham tells me he chose #NYR because “I wanted to win a Cup.” More from our chat & Day 1 recap on the blog

    Well, he sure knows what to say to try to ingratiate himself to the fans..I wonder if he really means it, though?

  38. I like that we are waiting but I wish we had not made the moves we made. Asham to me is another Brashear.

  39. Tomorrow sounds like it’ll be more interesting than today was. Asham came to the Rangers because he wanted to win a cup. I really dont mind the signing. And he’s cheap. Night ‘heads. Happy birthday Jimbo.

  40. JimboWoodside on

    Thanks, Lev! – Goodnight – I don’t believe him, but I never liked the guy anyway!

  41. Asham is a better player than Brashear, Chopper. He can skate, very good pound-for-pound scrapper, and has a very heavy shot…

  42. I hope you guys are right. The price is better than Brahear but he will always be in the same light to me. I won’t get excited about him.

  43. Blogmama Go Tony! on

    Lev, you wicky’d!!! blech to today…..til tomorrow……TA!

    P.S. Have you ever gone clamming? It is awesome fun and free diinner, too…..

  44. JimboWoodside on

    I don’t know, Lev – maybe there wasn’t that much interest in him from other clubs? I’ve just got him burned into my memory banks as being one of those players on our most hated rivals that always gives us a hard time, and I’m having trouble envisioning him in a Ranger jersey…

    But that’s just me!

  45. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Jimbo – again, I agree – the though of Aaron Assem in Ranger blue has me turning green.. Urgh.

    But – from a purely hockey standpoint, and not an emotional one, Asham for 1million is a good signing.

  46. JimboWoodside on

    ORR, this contract was the payday of a *lifetime* for Prust – he was nobody before he came here. He’s probably more interested in future security than in getting his name on the Cup.

  47. ashley sarwitz on nhlhome ice right now on xm saying he thinks parise and suter may go together to pitt or detroit

  48. JimboWoodside on

    I know, Per – emotionally, it’s gonna hurt to see him wearing the blue, just like it was an atrocity seeing Brashear in a Ranger sweater.

    He has been a good player though – especially against us! :-(

  49. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Brashear was and is garbage.

    In today’s NHL, your ‘goon’ players have to be able to actually play hockey. Either take faceoffs, play defensively, chip in an odd goal, kill penalties, draw penalties… And be “small’ enough to actually entice the opposition into fighting.

    Thats why to me, Scott, John (Missing Person) was useless to the Rangers.

  50. Tom Foolery on

    And Asham didn’t concuss one of our players with a questionable hit. Speaking of, does anyone know what happened to Blair Betts?

  51. JimboWoodside on

    >>>ashley sarwitz on nhlhome ice right now on xm saying he thinks parise and suter may go together to pitt or detroit

    I hope she knows nothing, eric – especially about the Pitt possibility – that would really blow for the Atlantic division.

  52. The Rangers are worse for losing Prust but that is all they have lost. I know it is temping to lay it all at one guys feet but don’t underestimate the room as a whole either . And the way Prustie plays, he just can’t sustain that for two or three more years never mind four. You cannot do all that he did for this team the last two years and not break down at all. We lamented losing Collton Orr. – I know different player – but he didn’t come close to,lasting his full tenure with the Leafs. The Rangers are not desperate nor should they be. If they stand pat, they will be adding a kid who is a potential to scoring rookie in Kreider and if Dubinsky rebounds, and Hagelin matures, they will be in great shape.

    I will miss Prust but that is a loaded situation. they will be expecting him to do more than what he has done so far for that contract. There is no way around that. And how many times can he drop the gloves off the opening face off? I wish the guy all the best because he was huge for us.

  53. JimboWoodside on

    Didn’t Betts need to retire from Philly a season or so ago, as a result of so many injuries?

  54. eric- Pittsburgh doesn’t have enough cap space to sign both at the moment.

  55. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    I dont blame Prust for getting his payoff. It’s a business, he’s a professional who provides a service, and should be paid for his service.

    Why should he as a businessman and professional take less than what Montreal was willing to pay him?

    That said, as a professional fan, I hope Asham, Rupp, or whomever is wearing a Rangers jersey hands Prust his assen in a hockey fight next time the Rangers play Les Habs.

  56. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Peter = Right on the money regarding Pruster and the Rangers.

    Goodbye, Pruster. You gave us great memories, but don’ let the door hit you in the buttocks!

  57. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Rangers also lost John Mitchell. That alone is cause for worry. You cannot replace his scoring unless you sign no one.

  58. brian meltzer pens beat writer on right now xm radio saying pens will def land one of parise or suter for sure.

  59. JimboWoodside on

    I still can’t get over the Souray signing money! He was very lucky to get out of the AHL where he had been “Reddened” by the Oilers – incredible!!

  60. JimboWoodside on

    Eric, I hope he’s just blowing smoke..I hope that Parise takes a spot out west somewhere.

  61. Blogmama Go Tony! on

    Thia time of year saddens me…money, money…..I can understand that…..but still….mama, not happy…. and a wicky or two for me…..blech,

  62. JimboWoodside on

    Redden is probably watching all this and wondering why he can’t get out of AHL hell….

  63. Prust gone
    ..get use to the basement Ranger fans. Season is over!

    Signed Haley
    … Why even bother playing this year?

    Can’t we all just “believe” !

  64. JimboWoodside on

    Piles fans must be real happy tonight – they lost PAP and Haley, and gained Boyes and Carkner. The latter one of very questionable hockey skills.

  65. Czechthemout!!! on

    This guy Haley is a real good fighter and he can skate pretty well. He also has some ability. I think Torts could make this guy a much better player than Prust. Remember, Prust was nobody until Torts made him a player. Let’s see what happens. The Rangers had a pretty good day today because they didn’t overspend for all the less than mediocre low talent dregs or geezers who signed outrageous contracts today. Including Prust. Relax guys, it will get better tomorrow.

  66. JimboWoodside on

    But Czech – if he was any good, why was he in Bridgeport almost all last season? I mean, the Piles certainly didn’t have a monster lineup that was hard for him to crack, did they?

    Having said that, I hope that Torts or the Hartford guys can help him to develop – we didn’t break the bank to sign him!

  67. Buffalo did not. Remember when Lucic killed Ryan Miller?

    The Canucks are literally INSANE.

  68. Speaking of Buffalo and their new owner. They will be paying $12M (twelve) to Myers and $8M to Ehrhoff next year. Now, that’s some expensive defense!

  69. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Buffalo did not. Remember when Lucic killed Ryan Miller?

    Absolutely right!! I stand and sit corrected! ;-D

  70. When you consider the contracts that were handed out today, I really don’t think today was such a bad day after all. To say we are worse today than we were at the end of the season – I don’t agree, especially if you believe that Dubi had an off-year and will bounce back to 20+ goals and you consider the younger players will have the experience of going deep into the play-offs. What I am concerned about, I hope that one team doesn’t add both Suter and Parise, especially the Pens or Canes.

    Boneheads, have faith. Let’s all pray that when the moment of truth arrives on Nash, (which it certainly will once Parise is off the street) Sather doesn’t destroy the fabric of this team and it’s future by giving up too much talent. Pass if necessary, Glen and we can come back to fight another day ( next year when FA options will be a plenty)

  71. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Haley had 15 goals in the AHL last season. Elite!

    WooHooooo!!!!! Maybe he can school Dubi, if he’s still here when the season starts…. ;)

  72. JimboWoodside on

    >>>At least now they have someone that can kill Lucic, and maybe even Chara, if they mess around with Miller.

    Scott still might have a big problem in catching up to Lucic or Chara – but if he does, hoo boy!!

  73. JimboWoodside on

    And Nashville re-signed Brian McGrattan..isn’t he another hulking monster?

  74. AA was here first, Papa….Asham will have to find his own abbreviation. I can already see an unlimited amount of possibilities :-)

  75. JimboWoodside on

    Yes he can, Papa – Lucic, anyway – Chara is a lanky SOB – it must be like fighting a crane to mix it up with him..

  76. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Im interested to see the moves Sather has pending the Nash and Parise activity. We all know that Gabby is out till December, so we will see who can score some goals. Also, since it doesnt look like Stralman will resign, we need a good offensive dman who will actually shoot the darn puck. I think Christian Thomas has a shot to make the team this yr – side note.

  77. Jimbo , tell me Chara doesn’t look like Lerch from the Adams Family. I could here him saying to Scott, “you raaaaang” as he is pummeling him to the ice!

  78. If we learned anything today, there is nothing more valuable to an organization than building through the draft. Winning at the draft, consistently, year in and year out, and you don’t even worry about July 1.

  79. JimboWoodside on

    Scott fighting Chara would be like one of those Japanese horror flicks – Godzilla vs Mothra or something like that…

  80. Wicky© RUPP SMASH!!! on

    So my take

    I’m ok with who we signed

    I’m very happy about who we didn’t sign

    I’m bummed about who we lost (Prust obviously).

    I think this team statistically is the same, but is worse in the heart and soul department after today.

    Everyone needs to calm the “F” down. We will address the other team needs within the next couple of days is my guess

  81. Wicky© RUPP SMASH!!! on

    LOL, love this

    Adam Proteau ?@Proteautype
    WANTED: One beat-up ambulance to drive around Madison Square Garden before Rangers games. Please contact G. Sather for more info.

  82. If we can average 1 out of 3 prospects meeting expectations over the next few seasons, we will be ok.

  83. Wicky© RUPP SMASH!!! on

    orr
    LMFAO

    Thankfully though, with the signings today hagelin’s fight total will be lower

  84. AA = Anisimov until he’s traded etc (which I hope isn’t the case).

    Until Asham destroys players from every team in the division (which I guess includes all former teammates) he’s could be a member of the Ct. Whale for all I care.

    That “lights out” move he made after knocking a guy out was way more classless (and literally physically more harmful) than Avery dissing guys for picking up his “leftovers” so to speak…

  85. JimboWoodside on

    >>>How bout Butterbean and Ali.

    that would be pretty weird – like the Ali fight with that Japanese wrestler – I must have Japanese on the brain tonight…

  86. JimboWoodside on

    Oh!! OK, Wicky – I forgot about that – good point – we should get one!! ;-D

  87. Orr – AA#1 – 30+ goals next season ….. “put it in the books” baby!!!

  88. Wicky© RUPP SMASH!!! on

    true
    he seemed pretty sincere about this

    “I was excited and [the gesture] was uncalled for,” Asham said. “You try to get the crowd into the game and it’s kind of classless on my part, I wish I could take that back.”

  89. For Columbus? I wouldn’t doubt that, Papa. That would be our luck!!

    That “lights out” move might have been classless, but at least he had the balls to apologize for it, I think before it was even brought up.

    Avery is far more classless. But that really goes without saying.

  90. Sad to see Prust go. Obviously Haley will get about 2 mins of ice time per game and at least a fighting major in every other game. Asham does not improve us at all. Can he even kill penalties good??? Lord Sather better have some tricks up his sleeve tommorow

  91. Asham loses his share, he is considered a top middle weight, but can hang with and at times beat the Carkners and big Macs. Love the signing, can’t wait for him to go at Neil.
    Pens are much weaker now, Glass is terrible at the pugilistic stuff.

  92. As tough as losing Prust’s PK ability is.. we have a TON of players who can kill penalties. Heck, if Dubi isn’t traded, I bet he goes back into steady rotation as a PKEr, which he wasn’t at that end of the season.

  93. I don’t think it matters if Asham can kill penalties or not. NYR have plenty of guys to do that.

    I’m really looking forward to the complaints aboot Asham and Rupper getting ice time in the 3rd period. Should be fun to read!

  94. Spider- iBob didn’t have to report it- we all knew this was coming the minute the Pens unloaded Jordan Staal and Michalek at the draft. My guess is they get Suter + Parise then we get Nash.

  95. Orr – Best case scenario, Rupper is on the pine in the 3rd Period for the Whale next year and one of our prospects steps in to replace him on the big club.

  96. Packing it in boys. We live to fight another day. Remeber, We still have Hank.. We still have Torts.. We still have Rupper !!!

  97. Czechthemout!!! on

    Jimbo

    Look,I have no illusions about this scrub. But if you look at Prust, he was just as much a scrub as Haley until Torts turned him into a player. But I am not holding my breath for it to happen .

    Asham is a decent player for what he does. He can play. But he has a lot of mileage on him. So we’ll see what happens with him.

    I am looking forward to tomorrow. Should be a lot more interesting.

  98. JimboWoodside on

    I hear you, Czech – not looking for an argument – I watched a few Isles games last season, and they seemed to really like Haley (when he was up with the big club), but that’s just it – he should have been up here instead of mucking about in Bridgeport.

    I hope that if he gets a chance up here with the big boys, that Torts and his coaches can make something out of him. I think he’ll probably be in Hartford to start the season, though.

  99. JimboWoodside on

    Brashear was retired while still in uniform – he could not do *anything* by the time he got here.

  100. Czechthemout!!! on

    I know Jim. I wasn’t looking for an argument either. That’s the trouble with the internet. Things get said, but the intent is not what comes out. I am truthfully not expecting anything from him. He is a pretty good fighter, and a decent skater. That’s just an observation. I think we are spending more time talking about him than he deserves.

  101. Not really sure if this will be a better team by the start of training camp. I dont think we attain Parise, Suter, or Weber. And we certainly arent discussing a return of Jaromir. So in that case, if we acquire either Nash or Ryan or some unmentioned trade target that pops up out of the blue, we may or may not be better depending on what we have to give up off our NHL roster. We’re not going to be gifted anyone like Boston, we’re going to have to actually give quality and quantity to get either of those players.

    Any other talented offensive forwards on the FA market?

  102. Olga Folkyerself on

    Ranger moves so far…

    Just some flatulence in the breeze.

    FIRE SATHER!

  103. Maybe the Rangers will break up the band: Prust, Del Zotto, Boyle, and to a lesser extent Dubinsky. You see those guys together all the time, especially the first three with their secret handshake (and one-time almost nut check) after wins. Hard to say from an outside perspective where the cliques are, but those three or four seem like one.

  104. OMG = for those lamenting the Haley signing: Wondering if you’ll feel that way when the Rangers play the Ilanders and Carkner and Boulton…..

  105. We need old George Steinbrenner running the Garden. He’d get a few straws that stir the drinks.

  106. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Didn’t a track and field athlete get suspended for using Extenze?

    Why would that earn a suspension? Because a part of him might get to the finish line before the rest of him!? ;-)

  107. Sad to see Pruster go… good guy, good teammate, fought and played his heart out for us. Nothing but the best for the guy, but no chance Sather could and should pay that much for someone to play that role. I don’t think Asham’s his replacement, nor is Haley. If one of the two is, I would think it’s Haley, because he’s a better skater and if he can kill penalties, it’ll help.

    I hope this Asham signing isn’t the next coming of Brashear. I really don’t.

    Question though. Why haven’t we really made a play on a true 6th defenseman. (I know Bickel isn’t that bad, but if he cant play in the playoffs, he’s not a 6th defenseman). Top 3 are set, who knows what happens with Sauer, DelZaster hopefully is on his way to Columbus, Erixon hopefully is on his way up. Who steps up? Are we giving McIlrath a shot? I’m much more concerned with the situation on Defense than anything else. We’ll score a decent amount, Callahan, Richards, Hagelin stepping up, Kreider. But if we don’t have the defense playing well, it could be a long season.

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