Petr Nedved Back in Ranger Blue?

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJuly 31, 2008

When I woke up this morning and headed to a Rangers forum that I'm on all day long, I saw a headline that said, "Petr Nedved Coming Back to Rangers."

I thought to myself, "What kind of sick, cruel joke is this?"

When I opened up the thread, I saw the poster who is from overseas and he had links to two sites and sources that were both in Czech. He translated them for us and roughly, it said (Thanks Tomcat, for the translation):

Nedved says he has nothing to lose by giving it another try. He doesn't expect guarantees from anyone. He told his agent that he wouldn't be coming back to the NHL anymore unless it was for the Rangers, who Nedved played with before. Now he is going to attend training camp in hopes of impressing coach Tom Renney and management in hopes that they'll give him another shot. He says that it's a matter of love for the team he spent seven seasons with.

Now before you start calling for Glen Sather's head while screaming, "Stop the madness!" let's just calmly sit and think about this like good, civilized human beings.

Regardless of what you may think about him, Nedved did play in 478 games for the Rangers, scoring 149 goals and 202 assists for 351 points. Even though he's older now, he could still provide depth for the Rangers without taking away the spot of a young player, as people are worried about.

Think about this as a third line:

Prucha-Nedved-Sjostrom

In my opinion, that's not a bad third line. In fact, it's quite good—and if Nedved can keep up with his two speedy wingers, and his wrist shot is still the same, then maybe the Rangers should give him a chance.

My two Czech sources can be found here and here.

And as I was finishing up this article, the Daily News also released the information.

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