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According to Dubi over at Blueshirt Bulletin, Martin Straka had officially announced his decision to leave the NHL and play in the Czech Republic next season. Supposedly, he signed a deal with his hometown team in Plzen where he would also be a team manager.

TSN.ca later carried a story in which Straka’s agent denied the rumors.

So is there any truth to these rumors? I think it might be true. If Straka goes does Jagr go? All of these questions should be answered in the coming week or two.

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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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After a 3-0 shutout, the Rangers have forced a game 5 this Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Henrik Lundqvist was sensational in the win tonight.  Jaromir Jagr made the most of what was potentially his last game at MSG, with 2 goals and an assist. Brandon Dubinsky added a sweet power play goal. And Chris Drury, fighting through a rib injury, managed to play 20:40 and win 15 of 24 faceoffs! Great win for the Rangers.

I want to be cautious with hope here… but if the Rangers can pull out a win on Sunday, the series is 3-2 coming back to MSG. That’s pretty manageable. Just gotta win the next one.

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Going into game 4 of the series the visiting team has won each game. In fact, visiting teams are 13-14 so far in the playoffs. Jaromir Jagr, while laughing, had this to say.

It’s been huge so far. I knew it was going to be like that. That’s why we lost the last game (of the season). Everybody thought we lost but it was pretty smart. Sometimes when you lose, you actually win.

Hopefully the Rangers can break the streak in their series tonight when they play Game 4 against the Devils at Madison Square Garden.

Tom Renney is gonna be going with the same lineup as Game 3. That means that Petr Prucha (poor Petr 😦 ), Jason Strudwick, Marek Malik and Colton Orr will be the scratches. I guess it makes sense to keep Petr out of the lineup since the series has been very rough and he’s a pretty small guy. I have a feeling that Orr might take Hollweg’s place once he’s skated some more.

Something to look for in tonight’s game:

  • Does Sean Avery set up shop in front of Martin Brodeur?
    • Which way is he facing?
  • Does he continue his goal streak?
    • Sean Avery has scored a goal in all 3 games so far.
  • Will anyone drop the gloves?
    • There’s been so much tension between the two teams yet there hasn’t been a fight yet.
  • Will VS be blacked out again in the Philadelphia area?
    • They showed PBR (bull riding) here at Drexel (which is in Philadelphia) on Sunday Night
    • Oh yeah, the Game is on VS. Kill me now!

Note: in the NY area, the game is on MSG. -Marc

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It’s finally here.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for.

Here is the definitive Rangers/Devils series preview, brought to you by a joint effort of the creators of this blog. Can Sean Avery and the Rangers expect more of the same against the Devils during 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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Petr is very excited to be playing a gamePrucha that is. According to Sam Weinman, Petr Prucha was skating with Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan. That would put Martin Straka on the first line with Brandon Dubinsky and Jaromir Jagr. No word who will center the second line. My guess is Sean Avery.

In related news, our sister Melissa is extremely happy.

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