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  1. No way we flip DeAngelo in a deal for a center now – he’s too entrenched with those kids. They’d be crushed!

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  2. A little Olde Tyme Rangers-Red Wings hockey featuring Ranger “goons” James Patrick and Mark Pavelich (I guess there was no fishing trip that night). It has to be from the 1985-86 season because that was Brad Park’s only year as coach in Detroit. I love how Wings goalie Corrado Micalef has to corral Ranger “enforcer” Reijo Ruotsalainen.

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  3. You know its the deepest darkest depths of the off-season when the classic hockey fight videos are being rolled out to keep our spirits up

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  4. St Pete

    Sam said it twice once for good measure in case the 1st time didn’t jinx us enough. Once as game was ending and once during the celebration

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  5. The funny thing about Sam’s call was he is so flippin’ proud of it, as he spent time considering different options and settled on the ‘lifetime’ line. Nice guy but so is my neighbor and I don’t want him calling Ranger games…
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    Are Kenny/Capt on TV yet? One more season of Salmon Joe will put me over the ledge.

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  6. Boom boom boom let me here you say way-ooh (way-ooh)ย 
    Me say boom boom boom now everybody say way-ooh (way-ooh)ย 
    Boom boom boom let me here you say way-ooh (way-ooh)ย 
    Me say boom boom boom now everybody say way-ooh (way-ooh)…

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  7. Lias as Oscar replacement initially (4C) and then hopefully a 3C (which is where Oscar was heading)
    Scouting Report:
    Andersson is an excellent team player. Never takes a shift off. Also blessed with good hockey sense and plays a strong two-way game. Offensively, Andersson stands out with impressive puck skills, a good shot and fine speed. Has the tools to become a scoring line player, but could also become an excellent role player who always gives 100%.

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  8. The more I hear about him the more I like. Only concern is the value with the #7 pick, but if he turns into a good NHL player then it’s a win I guess.

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  9. I like the Czech kid at 21 even better, Big upside and he is not yet 18 years old. Much happier with a reach at 21 in a draft everybody said was pretty thin. The ELC is no big deal. Have to assume thy were going to sign the #7 pick in the draft at some pint and if he doesn’t play in NA I believe the contract slides.

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  10. Rob, I think that is my problem with picking him at 7. Anderson WILL be an NHL player. I just don’t think he ever exceeds a third line role. And seeing as how they had a chance to take a swing for a top 6 center, I think they should have taken it.

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  11. “The price seemed right.” Old Ranger Knuckles Nilan, replying to the judge after being asked why he stole the Tommy Bahama swim suit from the mall.

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  12. July 1st, 2018-Antoine Roussel becomes a UFA. Currently a $2.0 M AAV. He’ll turn 28 this November. Who knows what our situation will be by then, but I’d put his agent on speed dial if we still need a rat.

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  13. When the twitter posts of CFL fantasy picks start
    Coming, it’s time to head to the beach…
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    tsnscottcullen
    My Week Four CFL Fantasy picks:
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  14. So the Rangers have signed Lias Malhotra to a contract and he might make the jump right to the big club. Anyone get John Muckler’s opinion on Lias’ ability yet?

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  15. So Carp, look over in the widget—>
    Soneone said Justin Wilson was just traded. That’s gonna be a SPICY trade.

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  16. Kind of an old twisted joke I made a while ago, Alex…… Carp and Muck weren’t exactly bosom buddies back in the day

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  17. Lias is the next New York Rangers Captain. Yes, Captain with the capital C! He has leadership qualities written all over him. Something this franchise desperately needs. Plus, he is pretty good at hockey, too. I like the kid a lot.

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  18. Serious question.. do people actually seriously think that Sam Rosen jinxed the Rangers with his “lifetime” call back in ’94?

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  19. Scottsdale Ranger I agree with Alex yes, yes, yes. Again I aks the question in hockey terminology how long is a lifetime? I certainly hope it isn’t 70 yrs. if so I’m doomed!

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  20. REALLY poor choice of words from Sam, and he had plenty of time to choose them. Nice guy that he is, there’s an arrogance there in his trying to be too ‘memorable.’

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  21. Does that Zucc photo mean he is going to be a “sniper” instead of a passer?!? sorry, but I couldn’t resist.

    Also, the picture is Sammy Osa.

    I am about half the way through reading Patrick O’Sullivan’s biography “Breaking Away”. As far as heartbreak and shock, it rates up there with the book on Derel Boogaard and Theo Fleury’s biography. I had heard of the problems O’Sullivan’s dad caused, but didn’t realize the havoc he wrecked upon the whole family. Patrick has no contact with his father (obviously) and none with his mom (after having a discussion about him not wanting/being able to continue to foot the bill for everything. At one point he figured out he had given mom over $400,000 in various payments – some times for household things that never got done).

    Interestingly enough, one of his best friends as his time as a pro in the AHL was Rangers DPP Jed Ortmeyer. O’Sullivan was drafted by the Wild but got traded to the Kings – and boy does he crush Marc Crawford. He later did get to play with the Wild. Two Wild executives who drafted him are currently working for the Rangers: Dour Risebrough and Tommy Thompson.

    I also managed to score a copy of Carp’s “Nightmare on 33rd Street”. I am still trying to figure out how I missed out on that one all of these years.

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  22. Ant- nightmare is a fun read. Still need Fluery’s book then I’ll move on to O’Sullivans. Crazy lives some of these guys have had to live

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  23. I have theories beyond Sam’s “lifetime” jinx.

    One, the Rangers sold their souls when they hired Keenan, a.k.a. the Devil.

    Two, they are forever jinxed for kicking Messier out the door three years after he performed the Miracle.

    Three, if you want to add a third, June 1, 2000.

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  24. Keenan impressed me as an idiot savant. Never heard any sense out of his yaks, but he won. Can’t imagine what a horror he would be to deal with day-in, day- out.

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  25. Carp – you forgot #1 reason for curse. it happened just over 3 months after the Cup win…
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    Aug 28, 1994 – Madison Square Garden and its properties — including the Knicks, the Rangers and the MSG network — will be sold to Cablevision Systems, a cable television giant based on Long Island

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  26. Agreed, Coos. Weren’t the Rangers on the hook to pay him almost $3 million, and yet he forgoes that by retiring to sign for what is almost certainly less in Switzerland? I have so many questions.

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  27. Only reasonable explanation is Klein feared for his and his family’s safety and fled to Europe. Henrik had already purged Stepan and Girardi, and a trade/buyout was not on the table for deKlein.

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  28. Rob, Klein until relatively recently was a valuable commodity and a fan favorite for his discounted salary, his play and his moxie of which we saw precious little from the rest of the gang. How he just disappears quietly from Ranger PR and our vaunted Press boggles the mind.

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  29. Sam Rosen Jinxed the Rangers?
    1. There are no jinxes, none. No little jinxes, no big jinxes.
    B. Does Rosen look like someone in tune with the cosmos, that he can cast a jinx that works? Against his own team? He couldn’t jinx a pastrami sammich at a Jewish deli.

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  30. Wow. Enroth’s stock really fell. Just signed in KHL. Still surprised that Pavelec was picked over him.

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  31. If it was purely about money Kleiner could have stayed with the Rangers and gone LTIR. It does seem like he decided his body couldn’t take an NHL pounding anymore. Maybe the more leisurely schedule and less physical game in Europe is something he thinks he can still do. Rangers owe him a consulting gig at some point for the solid he did them.

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  32. I wonder if the guy with the “now I can die in peace” sign is still alive. And if so, has he watched the last 23 years of hockey? And if so will he still die in peace? Pretty heavy for a Friday night.

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  33. Hey everybody! I have a mint Roman Lyashenko jersey for sale. Best offer. Let me know, It’s hanging around here somewhere…

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  34. Hockey god 6 to hockey god 5:
    “Did you hear what Rosen just said?”

    Hockey god 5: “sorry I dosed off. Up late reading all these emails from this Eric guy”

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  35. Olga I’d trade you my Vladamir Vorobiev autographed puck but the Moscow Dynamo fan club president just snatched it up off eBay for .41 cents.

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  36. Klein: I think ORF hit on the head. Less demanding play in euroland, nice change of scenery too.
    Rye: Not the town I grew up in. Place is a NYC bonus/trust fund hole now. The worst are the *#@s who bail after the rug rats graduate and have driven costs up by demanding one child per teacher class size.
    Sam: Was not each Giant superbowl victory a lifetime memory? Give Sam a break, he has to listen to Salmon Joe again this year
    Center: Sounding more like they hope Lisa will save them. Not a bad plan as availability probably improves as training camp/preseason gets going.

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  37. Will Sam ever retire? I mean it’s not like Kenny Albert is waiting for his big break, but it’s time.

    And Joe? He’d be great in Minnesota or St. Louis. Bring Dave up to the TV broadcast and slide Carp into Dave’s job.

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  38. Rangers, Yankees, Knicks and Jets. The final one is an outlier of course, courtesy of one Joe Willie Namath’s efficiency on a young kid in the 60’s.

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  39. TV-Kenny and Dave
    Radio-LaGreca and Carp

    Get it done!

    And please drop Doogs. Seems like he does almost no h.w./preperation. Shows up & B.S.’s his way through his segments. Looks pretty.

    Fans deserve better.

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  40. St Pete
    Normally those go for at least $100 on eBay, but get me your address and I’ll cut you a deal on one for $99,95 (plus shipping of course ;)).

    In that price you will also get foil for your knuckles, my barely used copy of “how to be a snarkist and look good doing it”, and in a one time special offer an autographed copy of my latest editorial accomplishment on “Defending yourself against bullies at school and on blogs”.

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  41. Beezle does have a point. Sam probably meant “and this memory will last a lifetime”. It’s just a shame he didn’t say it that way.

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  42. Aflac trivia question when we play the Penguins next year: who are the only other pair of spouses to compete against each other in an NHL game?

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  43. Yesterday in New York Rangers history, July 15th 1994, head coach Mike Keenan quit his position after leading the Rangers to their first Cup in 54 years in his only year behind the bench in New York. He left early because of a dispute with upper management, claiming was a โ€œbreach of contractual obligations,โ€ and was hired by St. Louis just two days later.

    Keenan’s departure was not totally unexpected because of persistent differences with General Manager Neil Smith during the second half of the season and the playoffs. Their relationship had grown so bad, according to several people familiar with the situation, that they did not speak at all during the Stanley Cup finals, in which the Rangers defeated Vancouver in seven games.

    But nobody expected the relationship to end in the unusual sequence of events that led to Keenan’s announcement yesterday afternoon at a hastily arranged news conference in Toronto.
    “I’m here to announce that I am no longer coach of the New York Rangers,” he said, adding that he had not resigned but rather had become “a free agent” because of the breaching of his five-year contract.

    “The New York Rangers did not fulfill their contractual obligations,” he said, “and as a result of that breach I’m no longer employed by the New York Rangers.” Beyond saying that a “substantial” amount of money was involved, the 44-year-old Keenan refused to discuss the specifics of the contractual obligations, but within hours of his announcement the Rangers’ parent company, Madison Square Garden, issued a statement saying it had been stunned by his action.

    “The alleged breach,” the statement said, “refers to a one-day delay in Mr. Keenan’s receipt of his bonus, which is one payment in a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract.” The contract, which had four years to run, reportedly called for Keenan to receive $5 million over the five years.

    Given the rancorous relationship that had developed between Keenan and Smith, it seems plausible that the Rangers’ failure to make the payment on time may not have been an oversight but a deliberate omission designed to push Keenan into the very decision he announced yesterday.

    Smith was vacationing in Key West, Fla., and was unavailable for comment. His and Keenan’s irritation with each other has been such an open secret that there were reports during the playoffs that Keenan would leave the Rangers to take over as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, where his former mentor, Scotty Bowman, is coach.

    Years later Keenan expressed regrets over the way things unfolded. ”It was a special time, and I regret the decision I made to leave the team,” Keenan said.

    Everyone figured the departure was the result of the feud between Keenan and Rangers management. ”There was a change of ownership, and the guy who hired me, Stanley Joffe, was fired,” Keenan said. “I had a GM who didn’t embrace the things I brought to the team. It was inevitable a change would be made if I stayed or not. If I have any regrets, it’s that I didn’t stay there and let the thing evolve one way or another.

    “We had a young team based on today’s standards, but we had a lot of experience. Just look at Mark Messier. He was in his early thirties and played 10 more years. We had a chance to do it again. They were prepared as a group to come back and do it again. Would it have worked out? I don’t know. I regret not being able to find out. I should have stuck it out to see where the chips would fall.”

    Keenan said he never got to spend time with the Cup as a winner should have, and that he left New York only because he felt like if he didn’t, he was going to be fired anyway.

    Keenan also said he wasn’t going to be allowed to return for the 1994-95 season, although the Rangers have denied that through the years. Four years remained on Keenan’s contract. ”It was contrived, it wasn’t a spontaneous thing,” he said. “I was disappointed the choice was made not to bring me back. As it appeared it looked like I left. But it was fait accompli whether I walked or not.”

    Smith, reached by phone, did not comment on Keenan’s remarks, but implied Keenan left on his own. ”What do think would have happened in New York if the coach who won the division, the conference and the President’s Cup was fired?” Smith asked. “The Rangers waited 54 years for a Stanley Cup, and the coach is going to get fired with four years left on his contract?”

    Keenan’s popularity in New York was surging as the Rangers, a team that had struggled in 1992-93 under Roger Neilson after finishing with the league’s best record in 1991-92, finally got the direction they needed. ”I signed a five-year contract when I came here,” Keenan said before Game 7 of the 1994 Finals, largely in response to a New York Post story reporting the coach’s flirtations with the Detroit Red Wings. “I’m not looking for an escape clause. I came here to coach the New York Rangers hopefully for a five-year duration. If not more. My mission here is not to win the Stanley Cup, but to win the Stanley Cup a number of times.”

    However, with his marketability at an all-time high, and his fued with management becoming more heated, Keenan saw a chance to get out of New York and jumped at it. He agreed to a deal with St. Louis the day after reportedly reaching an agreement with Detroit. Not only was Keenan considered a traitor in New York, he also had to face the consequences of dealing with other teams while employed by the Rangers.

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made Keenan return $400,000 of his signing bonus to the Rangers, fined him $100,000 and suspended him for 60 days. The Blues were fined $250,000 and the Red Wings $25,000 for tampering.

    The Rangers also filed suit against Keenan, calling him a ”faithless employee.” ”I feel disappointed about what happened,” Keenan says now. Still, Keenan would like to go back to New York one day — for a reunion of the 1994 title team. ”I would sure encourage them to hold a reunion,” Keenan said. “I’ll be there without hesitation. 100%.

    St. Louis fired Keenan in December 1996. He spent two seasons in Vancouver and one in Boston three with the Florida Panthers and two in Calgary.

    Keenan and the Rangers organization eventually buried the hatchet because on Thursday, October 1, 2009, MSG Network announced Keenan would join the Rangers MSG Network broadcast team of Sam Rosen, Joe Micheletti, Al Trautwig, John Giannone, Dave Maloney, and Ron Duguay as a regular guest analyst for pre-game, intermission, and post-game reports on the network. He was also an analyst on MSG Hockey Night Live with Trautwig, Duguay, Maloney, Ken Daneyko, and Butch Goring. Eventually Keenan left MSG to coach in the KHL.

    Vintage hockey.

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  44. The more I think about it, Gorton still needs to trade for a center. IMHO if Andersson makes the team, he’d be better off starting on the wing where there will be less pressure.

    Every time I think the Bozak thing is completely dead, I see it mentioned again somewhere else. Spooner’s name has been mentioned as has Trocheck. I read one suggestion that they trade Miller for Trocheck, which would be ironic because they grew up in the same area and played against each other as kids. I’d like to see them get a guy who is more defensively responsible, (like Bozak). Not sure what the answer is, but once Zibinijad is signed, maybe the other shoe drops.

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  45. BDL-the article I read said FLA had lost some wings and had no shortage of centers. The guy specifically mentioned Trocheck, but I haven’t heard that they’re shopping him.

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  46. Yes ORF I still have nightmares about what he and Bondra did to our team in the mid-late 90s. Ranger killer that guy

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  47. As White Irish-American, when I get Hungary, I prefer Finlandia Swiss. Norway can I stand that processed cheese. Kenya imagine me eating it? I Haiti it!

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  48. For lunch you can be russian to have a turkey sandwich, brazil nuts and with poland spring water to wash it down

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  49. Conor/Mayweather exemplifies the depths of decadence our “culture’ has fallen back to. Soon we’ll be paying to watch the Christians and the lions only this time on on pay TV.

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  50. CCCP – Great job posting on Smith/Keenan. I believe the contract beach was completely intentional and was used as a means for everyone to save face. I remember reading in a book (can’t remember which one) that brought up the contract breach as a solution.

    Also in that book Keenan made an attempt at pushing out Smith. Iron Mike’s plan would have John Davidson replacing Smith – I don’t remember if JD would be President/GM or just President with Capt. Queeg being the GM/Coach. Either way, Smith would have been out and Keenan would have been the driving force in the front office.

    I think it was at that point Bob Gutkowski eventually sided with Smith and the rest is hostory. I tried to find the book in an online search, but couldn’t. However, I did find this article that shed some light http://buffalonews.com/1994/07/27/impeccable-sources-claim-keenan-smith-conspired/

    I always laugh when i am watching the post-game celebration on June 14 and MSG shows a shot of Keenan and JD says something like Keenan looks like a long-term coach. Meanwhile, Keenan would be gone within a month.

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  51. On Saturday, Hagelin married Erika Uebel. Earlier, Hagelin has praised Euebel – and raised her as part of his success on the ice.

    “Without her, perhaps many of my successes might not have been part of my life. I’m lucky lottery, Hagelin told Hockeysverige as late as May.

    On the guest list for Saturday’s wedding there were a lot of exciting names, for those who are familiar with the hockey world.

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  52. So is that three rings for Hags now? Erika Uebel looks like Inger Stevens, The Framer’s Daughter, for those old enough to remember her.

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  53. Carp – Thanks for remembering Barry Meisel for me. At first I thought it was John Dellapina, but I knew that was wrong. I have so many Rangers books that I can’t keep track. I have two that I got around Christmas that I am saving for the start of the season. I finished “Battle on the Hudson” by Tim Sullivan a couple of weeks ago. He goes in-depth on the ECF in 1994. Does a good job of balancing Devils/Rangers stuff, although I am guessing he is more a Devils fan because of his use of Gary Thorne quotes and not much from Rangers broadcasts of the series – mostly ESPN (except for a certain double OT call that will go down in Rangers lore).

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  54. Battle on the Hudson was a book Dellapina and I were going to do before he went to the NHL … Would have been a lot better than Sullivan’s book, which was good. He wasn’t there for all the behind-the-scenes stuff that went on in that series, and he used some outsiders as insiders. Some weak sources of info, IMO.

    Gary Thorne, the guy who shouted “No More 1940!” after the Rangers won the ECF? Huh?

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  55. I read Battle of the Hudson. Disappointing to say the least. Sort of like how 1776 was a disappointing book on the revolution.

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  56. I would have loved to see Carp and Dellapina do the Battle of the Hudson Book. No B.S., but both of youse guys were my go to information for all things Rangers. Must be a paesan thing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  57. Those Boneheads who were proponents of an offer sheet to RFAs like Colton Parayko might get their wish next season if Elliotte Friedman’s prediction becomes reality. He believes that RFA offer sheets will be the way to go next year since potential UFAs signed extensions this year (e.g. Carey Price and Cam Fowler).

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  58. I have know idea what the Rangers cap may look like next off season, but I do know they had cap space this year, and this would have been a good year to use the offer sheet hammer. Opportunity missed.

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  59. I’ve got a pitch for Staal.

    Marc, we love ya man. You’ve given us a lot of great years and most of them have been very good. The thing is, the guys you grew up with, Dubi, G, Cally, they’re gone now and well, we need a 2C. So what say you write down on this piece of paper, the list of teams you wouldn’t mind playing for? Come-on. How bout it? We’ll eat a little salary and call it a day. What do you like? You like the beach? You’re from the tundra. You want tundra? Mountains? You like to ski? Say the word. We’ll see what we can do.

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  60. BDL

    there won’t be much cap space for this season once Mika is signed.

    unless you are saying they should not or would not have signed Shattenkirk

    then there’s no guarantee that the other team wouldn’t have matched. is it that big advantage for the NY Rangers to have the St Louis Blues in cap hell.

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  61. I read all of those books about the Rangers too. Was disappointed in Battle on the Hudson. Too many platitudes for me to believe that everyone was a nice as they portrayed in that book. Also remember Bob Woolf doing Rangers games and Knicks games on the fledgling MSG cable network and WOR. I believe that Tim Ryan followed him on TV before Jim Gordan and Bill Chadwick, and eventually Sam Rosen took over.

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  62. Alex,
    I have no way of knowing if the Blues would have matched. But I will say this, give me Pareyko 100 times out 100 over Shatennkirk. I would have thrown everything at him. If the Blues matched and the Rangers didn’t get Shatennkirk because of it, I could live with that.

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  63. CapFriendlyโ€ @CapFriendly

    #Rangers have signed free agent goalie Alexander Georgiev

    3 year Entry Level contract
    $792,500 cap hit

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  64. Well they are certainly deep in goal now. It remains to be seen if ay of these guys are any good. Is this goalie coming to North America? There are spots open in Hartford.

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  65. Carp
    It was cccp and his insanity!!!!

    About another week and we are in the late July “trade window” for the rangers ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  66. Ok. I just (double)checked and Melnyk wore 30 and Millen 32 so my original source is probably wrong about Dallas Smith too.

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