Petr Nedved Cut; New York Rangers Make Right Decision

PJ EdelmanCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2008

Ooooh, this burns.

Not only was Petr Nedved cut from the Rangers' roster, it is likely that he will be flying back home to his native Czech Republic—and the Rangers will be following.  It's kind of like a "lead the way, Nedved" except the Rangers have no intention of following him full circle. 

Nedved performed well in limited time with the Blueshirts this preseason, scoring three points in just three games, but his age and position (if he was a defenseman, the scenario may have been a little different) did not fit in with the plans of a more youthful club. 

With players like Patrick Rissmiller, Dan Fritsche, and Aaron Voros vying for a spot on the third and fourth lines, Nedved seemed like the odd man out—and he was.

At 36-years-old, it is unlikely that the former Ranger, once a part of the short-lived but somewhat successful "Czech Line" along with fellow Czech natives Jan Hlavac and Radek Dvorak, will return to the NHL.

Rangers' community leader Greg Caggiano, amidst strong debate, has recently argued in defense of Nedved believing that the Rangers should given him a decent chance to compete.  However, it was not to be.  

In defense of Nedved, the Rangers should not have brought him into camp if they were not seriously considering adding him to the roster.  Nedved's production should have at least warranted a few more games in preseason, but it was clear that the Rangers had other plans.

On another note, and coming full circle in relation to "burning," in Googling Nedved's name, only half of the images that came up were of Nedved.  The others were of his smoking hot wife.  

Who knew?