New York Rangers: Hold onto Your Chairs!
I had just finished eating a bagel and drinking a large, black gas station coffee (Exxon is the best, in my opinion) when I turned to the sports section of the New York Post to see if there was any news on the Rangers.
It was then that if I was holding my coffee, I may have dropped it because right before my eyes was the Rangers' off-season plan and it's something that calls for drastic changes. I'll review the article for you, while adding my own commentary.
1. The Rangers will not re-sign Sean Avery. With the addition of Andreas Jamtin a few days ago, it caught my attention that Avery may be shown the door. Now that coach Marc Crawford of the Los Angeles Kings has been fired, Avery might be looking to return there. Crawford forced him out of Hollywood a little over a yeaer ago. And get this, Avery's replacement could very well be Darcy Tucker, who everyone is expecting the Maple Leafs to buy out. How's that for a twist of fate?
2. The Rangers will not re-sign Michal Rozsival. This is the best part of the whole story. Even though he showed he has offensive abilities, he has been absolutely atrocious on defense especially down the stretch and into the playoffs. His likely replacement would be Brian Campbell, who sources say will not return to San Jose.Campbell is also good friends with Chris Drury, and could work the powerplay.
The Rangers would also be interested in Wade Redden to help quarterback the power play on another unit, but his price tag may keep the Rangers from doing that. Also, they still show interest in Brooks Orpik, who I think is a must to sign.
3. Shanahan and Straka will be shown the door while Jagr's fate still hangs in the balance. Personally, I would love to re-sign Jagr and let Shanahan and Straka, who are way past their prime, walk.
That leaves another question—who will replace them on the wings? The Sharks are shopping Jonathon Cheecho and he could be a very good fit with Gomez on the first line. Also, do not be surprised if the Rangers make an offer to Jeff Carter, who could play both wing and center. It appears Marian Hossa's price tag is too big, and that is good news.
With the draft tonight, many interesting deals and news are sure to be made, not just with the Rangers but around the league.
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