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Here’s a list of the Rangers unrestricted free agents and what they made this year. (Thanks to NHLnumbers.com… if you click on this link, you will waste a hell of a lot of time. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Avery, Sean – $1.9 mil
Jagr, Jaromir – $8.36 mil
Malik, Marek – $2.5 mil
Mara, Paul – $3 mil
Rozsival, Michal – $2.3 mil
Shanahan, Brendan – $2.5 mil
Straka, Martin – $3.3 mil
Strudwick, Jason – $0.5 mil
Valiquette, Stephen – $0.635 mil

Out of that list, I think we’re more than likely going to be saying goodbye to Malik, Mara, Rozsival, Shanahan, and Straka. I think the Rangers would like to keep Strudwick and Valiquette if they can keep them for about the same salary. That leaves the 2 big questions: Sean Avery and Jaromir Jagr.

I’ve already made my case for Avery. If you want the short story, I think the Rangers should re-sign him. If you want the long story, click that link.

As for Jagr, I am undecided. He has proven he can still take control of a game and put the puck in the net… in spurts. The question is whether he can still perform at a high level for an entire season. And is he worth the high price tag? Keep in mind, the Rangers only paid Jagr $4.94 mil out of their own pockets. The rest was courtesy of the Washington Capitals. The reason I think the Rangers are not going to re-sign Jagr is that it seems like Jagr and the team are going in 2 different directions. Jagr prefers a European style puck-possession offense (even though it’s clear he doesn’t have the same power along the boards anymore), while the Rangers are moving towards a North American style of power hockey. I love the way Jagr and Dubinsky play together, so I do have some worries about the kid’s progress should the Rangers choose not to re-sign Jagr. But, I think Dubinsky is a talented center who would be successful with any wingers.

By the way, Sam Weinman wrote a great eulogy for the Jagr era.

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The Rangers had a team meeting yesterday followed by an optional skate, but only Jaromir Jagr and Marek Malik took the ice.

Evgeni Malkin’s dirty plays (he slew-footed Mara twice!) towards the end of the game seem to be a non-issue for the Rangers and for the league. NHL Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell told John Dellapina of the Daily News that the league does not plan to investigate further and Malkin is not at risk for suspension. I call shenanigans. This is a dirty play [fast forward to 1:35].

For their part, the Rangers contacted the league regarding a different play Malkin was involved with: the breakaway that led to the penaty shot. While Dan Girardi did push Malkin from behind, and while most parties agree it should be a penalty, the Rangers would like some clarification on the rule because it was not a penalty as per the NHL rulebook.

Avery update: His doctors reported they were able to stop the internal bleeding on Thursday, but Avery remained in intensive care as of yesterday.

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Maybe Avery did go into cardiac arrest? I’m not quite sure how to interpret John Dellapina’s most recent blog post (scroll down to the last 3 paragraphs for the part I’m talking about). Here is the quote:

“Finally, for all those from other media outlets and newspapers who have sarcastically dismissed our initial web story about Sean Avery’s hospitalization since the Rangers refuted it Wednesday afternoon, I wonder:

Was your initial reaction that the story couldn’t have been correct or did you simply race up to the MSG Training Center to get player reaction? And, did you call the hospital and/or Avery’s representatives to get the real story or did your “reporting” simply consist of taking the team’s word for what happened?

Fortunately, the intrepid men an women of the press who have exposed baseball’s steroid problems didn’t similarly regurgitate what they were told by people who understandably want their businesses viewed as beyond reproach.”

You can read that in 2 ways. Either he is saying the initial Daily News report was correct, that Avery did go into cardiac arrest, and the Rangers are covering up the truth of Avery’s condition… or, Mr. Dellapina is chastising his colleagues at other papers for so quickly dismissing the Daily News reporting, without doing any investigative reporting of their own, simply because the Rangers’ PR machine said so.

I think it is the latter, but I guess we will have to wait for the whole truth to come out.  At the very least, Dellapina makes a good point.  We should always question what we read and what we hear.

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Sean Avery was rushed to St. Vincent’s Medical Center after the team’s game 3 loss and was diagnosed with a lacerated spleen. Avery’s spleen was not removed and he isn’t expected to need surgery, but he will most likely remain hospitalized for the next few days.

Avery will be out for the rest of this season, but is expected to make a full recovery.

You can read the SI article here.  ESPN article here.

Update, 3:00 PM: Initial reports from the Daily News that said Avery had gone into cardiac arrest and was unconscious are being denied by the Rangers, who say he “walked into the hospital” and was never in a life-threatening situation.

Personally, I want to add that we here at 5-hole.com wish Sean all the best in his recovery and we hope to see him in Broadway blue next year.

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On the front lines, Petr Prucha and Brendan Shanahan switched spots, meaning Prucha skated on the 2nd line with Scott Gomez and Sean Avery, while Shanny skated on the 4th line with Blair Betts and Fred Sjostrom.  The Rangers used this lineup in the last game of the regular season against the Devils.

On D, Jason Strudwick skated in place of Christian Backman, and Paul Mara looks to be the D-man who will take over Backman’s duties playing point on the power play.

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Here once again is the definitive series preview, brought to you by a joint effort of the creators of this blog. The Rangers posted a 5-3 record against the Penguins this season. Can Henrik Lundqvist keep Sid the Kid and his cronies from punching the Rangers out of the playoffs? The only way to find out is to keep reading.

It’s on the long side, so click the “more” link below to continue reading.

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Check out this skit from Letterman last night starring Brendan Shanahan, Sean Avery, Scott Gomez, Henrik Lundqvist, and Fredrik Sjostrom.

Unfortunately, Chris Elliot is not funny. But, if you’re bored, this video is worth a look. I giggled once or twice.

I’m not sure when this was filmed, but judging from Avery’s face (no black eye), I would say it was definitely before the playoffs.

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