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116 Agent: Rangers have offered Sundin “a framework”

J.P. Barry, the agent for Mats Sundin, disputed “a report that says Mats Sundin has already settled on the Rangers”:http://www.fan590.com/, saying the center hasn’t yet made a final decision on where he’ll play this season. But Barry also said the Rangers have made clear they want Sundin, and have even…

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77 No offer to Sundin…yet

Bob McKenzie checks in with the latest on Mats Sundin, saying that “the Rangers haven’t made a formal offer to the center”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=259800&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl, which we can all agree is kind of hard when the team doesn’t yet have much money to offer. Once a four-team race, McKenzie now says the competition…

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172 When the dominos start falling

As we’ve said all along, the Mats Sundin issue hangs around two questions for the Rangers: whether the center wants to play in New York; whether the Rangers can clear enough cap space to be able to sign him; and then whether Sundin would be willing to accept significantly less…

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77 Off to California (well, some people at least)

So the Rangers board a plane for the West Coast today, where they’ll play three games in five nights beginning Tuesday, and it turns out Corey Potter will be with them. The defenseman, who made his NHL debut a few games back against Calgary, will give the team a needed…

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44 Avery cut loose

The marriage between Sean Avery and the Dallas Stars “is over after¬† 23 games.”:http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Ai0d1ahsJcRzbHxlb5V8R_c5nYcB?slug=ap-stars-avery&prov=ap&type=lgns The team announced that the forward won’t play for the team again, although the Stars still have to deal with that pesky detail of Avery’s contract. A trade, a waive, or a summer buyout are all…

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46 Method to his madness

If you’re going to criticize Tom Renney’s stubborn — some might call it maddening — faith in his players, then you have to give the coach credit when it pays off. Last night was “one of those examples”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081214/SPORTS01/812140404/-1/SPORTS. Not only did Renney insist on going back to Henrik Lundqvist a…

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170 If it was only a question of money

So Dale Tallon has come out and said Chicago shouldn’t be in the mix for Mats Sundin because “the Hawks don’t have any room for him.”:http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=257996&src=149 “We don’t have any cap space,” Tallon told reporters in Denver. “We’d have to move (a player). There are very few teams that have…

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104 Lundqvist plays it cool

I wouldn’t have been surprised if Henrik Lundqvist ripped into his teammates after tonight’s 8-5 undressing. Or maybe it’s that I wouldn’t have blamed him. But the goaltender, while clearly exasperated and even embarrassed by matching his career high for goals allowed, merely implicated himself in the loss. “I need…

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172 If ever there was a time…

So it goes without saying that this should be the night that the Devils finally shake loose of the Rangers recent stranglehold over them. The stars are aligned for New Jersey, right? The Devils have won eight of nine. The Rangers, despite their squeaker in Atlanta, are still struggling. All…

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109 Potter down, Kalinin still Kalinin

A few notes from practice: The Corey Potter Era in New York has been disrupted at one game. The defenseman was sent back to Hartford, and by the sound of things, will not be making the trip West when the Rangers play three games in five nights next week in…

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225 Amateur general managers, start your calculators

So now that we know that “Glen Sather will indeed sit down with Mats Sundin on Saturday”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/12102008/sports/rangers/sather_to_meet_with_sundin_on_saturday_143550.htm, I’m interested in opinions on how the Rangers could actually make this happen. Of course, one opinion is that the Rangers shouldn’t make it happen at all. The team has a logjam of…

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53 Go to the goal

Now repeat after me class: Good things happen when you go to the net. It wasn’t pretty. I think the Rangers would agree with that. But some excellent goaltending from Stephen Valiquette, continued stellar penalty killing, and three gritty goals — the last two of which saw Ryan Callahan and…

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141 The good, the bad, and the ugly (so far)

The good for the Rangers: excellent pressure by the likes of Fred Sjostrom, Aaron Voros, Brandon Dubinsky, not only in keeping the puck deep in the zone, but in establishing inside body position on Atlanta defenders. The goal was by Colton Orr (Colton Orr!) but it was Voros’ work in…

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213 Finally for Freddy

I’ve been pushing the “Fred Sjostrom off the fourth line” button for a while now. I don’t offer this as a cure-all for what ails the Rangers, but I do think one of the team’s more versatile forwards is better served playing on a more offensive-minded line. Alas, Sjostrom “finally…

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115 Reading between the lines

The e-mail from J.P. Barry, Mats Sundin’s agent was brief: “He will be there. No meetings confirmed yet.” This was about Sundin’s visit to Madison Square Garden for the Rangers-Hurricanes game on Saturday, when he’ll be making a promotional appearance for an online poker outfit. Naturally this would be an…

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183 Rangers spend yet another day off ice (Updated)

Tom Renney has again decided to give his team the option of staying off the ice, the third such day in the last 10. Eight players — Chris Drury, Blair Betts, Nigel Dawes, Dan Fritsche, Paul Mara, Dmitri Kalinin,¬† Wade Redden, and Henrik Lundqvist — skated anyway, while everyone else…

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61 And then there’s that other guy

I’ve said all along the worst thing the Rangers could do would be to play just well enough to mask some of their flaws, thus eliminating the urgent need to try to upgrade. With that in mind, this most recent rocky stretch could be coming at the ideal time. According…

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