This week has been a huge one for the New York Rangers, as rumors begin to surface on what Glen Sather may do next.
Obviously, the Rangers have not traded Marc Staal and probably will not do so unless contract talks take another turn for the worse.
After the Staal trade rumors came, the rumors regarding Ruslan Fedotenko and a try-out contract.
It is believed the Rangers have given a try-out offer to Fedotenko, but he has yet to accept it.
The Rangers may also be in negotiations with rough blue-liner Garnet Exelby. Glen Sather may think about giving him a tryout contract, too. I wouldn’t mind seeing Exelby on the Rangers' defense.
According to Andrew Gross, Glen Sather has been in talks with many free agents this week. Fedotenko and Exelby are the only known names, but If I were to guess other possible players, one would have to think Miroslav Satan would be on Glen Sather's watch list.
Another rumor to send Ranger fans abuzz was that the Flames were going to give Marc Staal an offer sheet of $4.5 million very soon.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Flames go after Staal, but the only problem with this rumor is that the Flames would not be able to acquire Staal at such a price; the Flames are already over the NHL cap limit and they are currently two million dollars away from going over the NHL summer cap limit.
While Calgary may attempt to sign Staal, it would not be at that price.
The signing of Kelsey Tessier will decrease the amount of summer cap space the Rangers have left, but it’s starting to look more and more likely that one (or both) of Wade Redden and Todd White are moved to Hartford during training camp.
Now for the final rumor (for now): The Rangers are very close to getting a deal done with young RFA defenseman Marc Staal.
I’m guessing Glen Sather, finally realizing that teams around the league looking for a defenseman, will start gearing up offers for Marc Staal and decided to start negotiating with his young defenseman.
According to Andrew Gross and Steve Zipay, a deal with Staal may be signed as early as this weekend. But do not be surprised if it takes until training camp for a contract to be signed.
That’s it for now, but check back for any updates.
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