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Last night during the game, Marc called me up and said, “If the Rangers lose this game, Tom Renney will be fired.  Especially if they get shut out.”  I tend to disagree.  If Glen Sather were to fire Renney now, or make any changes, he would be admitting that he failed.  He’s not going to do that because his ego is far too fragile.

I ‘m going to put this one to a vote.  I’m not asking if he should be fired but if he will be fired.

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Markus Naslund signed for 2 years, $8 million

Defenseman Dmitri Kalinin signed but deal details are still undisclosed.

Glen Sather officially announced they will not be re-signing Jagr.

Paul Mara deal in the works.

More later.

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Let’s go through a projection of how the Rangers roster might shape up:

Zherdev-Gomez-[Jagr or some UFA]
Dawes-Drury-Callahan
Sjostrom-Dubinsky-Prucha
Hollweg-Betts-Orr
Fritsche-Rissmiller-Voros
Shanahan?

Rozsival-Staal
Redden-Girardi
Pock?-Strudwick?-Sanguinetti?

The Rangers have $14.5 million in cap space but that number does not include Dawes, Sjostrom, Fritsche, Rissmiller, Voros, or Strudwick.

Assuming the Rangers will spend roughly $4 or $5 million between those players, they will have about $9 or $10 million to spend on Jagr, Shanahan, and any UFA’s the Rangers might desire.

That doesn’t leave much wiggle room.  Decision time for Slats.

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I spent a little more time on NHLnumbers.com (my new favorite website)… And you know what I realized? Glen Sather loves to overpay for defense.

Take a look at the Rangers defense from this past season (in reverse order of suckitude):

Michal Rozsival – $2.4 mil
Marc Staal – 850K
Dan Girardi – 550K
Fedor Tyutin – $1.025 mil
Jason Strudwick – 500K
Christian Backman – $2.2 mil
Paul Mara – $3 mil
Marek Malik – $2.5 mil
Darius Kasparaitis – $3.116 mil

How can you justify paying Backman, Mara, Malik, and Kasparaitis a combined $10.8 million? That’s inane/insane. And, in case you were wondering, Christian Backman is set to make $3.4 million next season! So, the Rangers traded a 4th round pick for a guy who A) might dress as the team’s 6th defenseman or more likely will spend the season riding the pine; and B) is going to make $3.4 million while doing that.

Good trade by Blues GM President John Davidson.

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After taking a very brief look at who is going to be available, I’ve come up with a preliminary list of a few players I’d like to see wearing a Rangers jersey next season.

Ryan Malone, LW, Pit
The 6’4″, 225 lb. winger would add much needed size and skill to the Rangers front lines. The fast and powerful forward would make a great complement to the quick and shifty Scott Gomez. Malone, who racked up 103 PIM this season, would also add some toughness to the Rangers. Malone is 28 years old, and recorded 27 goals and 24 assists this season. Current salary: $1.45 mil

Kristian Huselius, LW, Cal
Huselius is a fast skater with a scorer’s touch. He had 25 goals this season to go with 41 assists. He plays fearlessly on the boards, which when combined with his quickness, makes him a very dangerous forechecker. I would love to see the 29-year-old Huselius on a line with Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan. Current salary: $1.4 mil

John Michael-Liles, D, Col
The Rangers have had their sights set on this 27-year-old Defenseman for some time. It was rumored they were trying to acquire him at this season’s trade deadline but the price was too steep. Now that he will be an Unrestricted Free Agent, I expect Sather to go after him. At 5’10” 185 lbs., he is smaller than your prototypical NHL defenseman, but he could be the power play quarterback the Rangers so desperately need. The offensive defenseman had 6 goals and 26 assists this season. Current salary: $1.4 mil

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I’d really love to see Ryan Hollweg back in the lineup. I’d have him take Orr’s place. With Hollweg on the 4th line instead of Orr, I feel it makes the line an actual threat to score a goal once (maybe twice) in a while. By swapping Orr for Hollweg, you make that line much faster.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the 4th line go out and think to myself, “The crowd is back in it, the Rangers are back in this, the momentum has swung back to our side.” And I say it’s because you don’t see Hollweg flying around the ice making the opposition pay for touching the puck. Sure he takes a couple penalties but I’d be willing to turn a blind eye on that (unless the other team scores of course) just to see some God damned ENERGY!

Speaking of energy, where the hell is Petr Prucha when you need him? When I watch the line of Straka-Drury-Callahan on the ice, I see a line that has the potential to succeed but then I hear Sam and Joe go on about how they all want the other to score. It’s not all three of them. It’s just Straka! Petr may be only a buck 85 but he’ll play his little heart out no matter what. We saw him play on a line earlier in the season with dubi and cally. They clicked. If you put him back with one of them and add Drury into the mix (who can really play with anyone) That line, I feel, will succeed.

Slats needs to think long and hard about re-signing Martin Straka for next season. I mean, how does a player go from scoring 29 goals and 41 assists in one season to scoring a measly 12 goals and 20 assists in the next? To even match last year’s pace, he’d have to score 12 goals and 15 more assists in the final ten games. And that’s assuming that he’s gonna play all of those games. If his arm and shoulder are giving him trouble when it comes to shooting, he needs to realize that if he’s not going to shoot, and he can’t even put up more than 20 assists he shouldn’t be playing, let alone playing the point on the PP.

What Martin and Glen and even Tom have to realize is that their decisions are possibly hurting this team. So what they have to keep in mind over the remainder of the season and beyond is this:

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According to Sam Weinman of the The Journal News, Stephen Valiquette would love nothing more than to be a New York Ranger next season.  Sam recently asked Valley about it:

Just how much does Valiquette like being a Ranger? This is how he described it to me:

The staff is the best in the league. It’s the best facility. The best plane. The best food on the plane. The best workout facilities. The best coaches. There isn’t one negative aspect of being a New York Ranger. The quality of life is great here.

In other words, he’s pretty miserable.

I wonder where Valiquette ranks on Slats’ list of players to re-sign.

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