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5:43 Brian Campbell just signed an 8 year, $56.8 million deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.  According to TSN that puts them about $5-$6 mil over the cap.  I see a goaltender leaving Chicago in the near future.  Nikolai Khabibulin to the Lightning for Mike Smith maybe?

4:14 The Rangers sign forward Aaron Voros.  Voros played for the Wild so he should be accustomed to the Rangers’ defensive style.  He had 7 goals and 7 assists in 55 games last season so he’s definitely a depth signing.  The 6’3″ 220 pound forward could give the Rangers a little bit of size but that’s if he actually plays.

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Check out this article from abovethelaw.com for an interesting legal perspective on MSG’s battle with the NHL.

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Sweet!

Now go about your business and wait for some actual news.

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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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The Rangers and Sean Avery are still negotiating, but it doesn’t look good.  John Dellapina reports that the Rangers are ready to let Avery go to free agency.  Those of you who have read this blog in the past know where we stand on Avery.  If you don’t know, read The Case for Avery.  If you don’t want to read that, here’s a summary.  We like him. 

Avery wants about $4 million per season.  The Rangers want to pay about $2.75 million.  For the Rangers to let Avery go to free agency over this difference is ridiculous.  For crying out loud, the Rangers are going to pay Christian Backman more money next season than they are offering Avery!  WTF?

In happier news, the Rangers have been given permission to negotiate with Sharks Defenseman Brian Campbell, who is exactly the Power Play quarterback the Rangers were missing this season.

Larry Brooks has a full article up on the Post website.  Read it here.

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The Rangers opted for defense in the first round (for the 3rd time in the last 4 years) and took Michael Del Zotto with the 20th pick.  Check out this article from Blueshirt Bulletin for the details on Del Zotto.

In the 2nd round, the Rangers took Minnesota HS forward Derek Stepan.

Most likely, neither of these guys will play in the league in the next 3 years, but they’ve both got “tremendous upside potential.

For a full recap of the Rangers draft, click here.

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Remember way back in September 2007 when the Rangers sued the NHL over the website?

At the time, the Rangers were outraged when the NHL insisted that MSG transfer control over the Rangers independently produced website, “newyorkrangers.com”, so that the league could convert it into one of 30 “cookie-cutter” club websites at “rangers.nhl.com.” 

Well, a judge ruled in favor of the NHL, and the Rangers website is now one of those dreaded cookie-cutter sites.

Now, Gary Bettman (current commissioner of the NHL——former lowly associate at a NY Big Law shop), has filed a letter in court threatening to kick the owners of the Rangers out of the league.

Yup, you read that right.  Bettman’s letter threatened to suspend or terminate MSG’s ownership as punishment for accusing league officials of violating antitrust laws.  (see ESPN article)

Now, I’m not a lawyer or anything (just 2/3 of a lawyer).  But, just to get this straight, here’s a summary:

  • The private owners of a business (the Rangers) involved in a joint venture (the NHL) sue to preserve their rights to an independent website.
  • They lose, and give in to the joint venture’s demands.
  • Now, the joint venture threatens to kick them out solely because they had the gall to say, “we want to run our own website.”

Seems a little excessive to me.  You be the judge.

Tell Gary Bettman what you think of his letter:  gbettman@nhl.com

 

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