Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun reports that Brad Richards says the Rangers are either second or third on his list of teams he'd like to go to...
"The free agent to-be has told an old Tampa source that he has no real interest in playing in Toronto, if he, in fact, becomes a free agent come July. Richards' first choice is to remain in Dallas, assuming the team gets sold and can afford to sign him. His second and third choice, not necessarily in order, would be returning to Tampa (which doesn't seem possible economically) or playing for his old coach, John Tortorella, with the New York Rangers. He has also hinted about having some interest regarding playing in Carolina."
...listen I won't complain if the Rangers get a player as good as Richards this offseason, but he is going to cost a lot and could hamper the Rangers effort to re-sign all their RFAs (Dubi, Cally, AA and Sauer).
Jesse Spector reports that multiple sources have told the Daily News that the Rangers are interested in acquiring Senators winger Chris Neil.
Neil, who is third in the NHL this season with 157 penalty minutes, three goals and nine assists in 58 games this season. Neil has two years left on his contract after this year at $2 million per.
In more oh God, please no news, Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reiterates Larry Brooks report from earlier in the week that the Rangers have serious interest in Filip Kuba.
...first Kuba and now Neil. Please someone in the Rangers organization erase the Senators phone number from Sather's speed dial.
...assuming the Rangers don't have to give up a roster player for Neil (they better not), where in the world is he going to play? Especially when Fedotenko comes back. And then he's going to be under contract for the next two years? Unless Boogaard is going to be forced to retire b/c of this concussion, why would the Rangers need Neil for two more years?
...and please don't get me started on Kuba again.
In other trade buzz, Pierre LeBrun at ESPN says the Rangers are among teams interested in McCabe, but is being told they don't want to pay anywhere close to the price Boston paid for Kaberle.
The Bruins gave up 2009 first round pick Joe Colborne, their 2011 1st round pick and a conditional pick.
...they better not.
Finally, sources have confirmed to Larry Brooks at the New York Post that the Rangers were not in any of the trade talks for Tomas Kaberle or Eric Brewer.
...but all the "experts" had the Rangers linked to both of them. Could it be that most of the rumors around deadline time aren't true? Nah.
If Richards wants to come here, we have to snag him. No matter what the contract or who we won't be able to sign. Yes we all love Dubi, AA, and Cally.... but if we have to walk from Dubi in order to sign Richards I would do this in a heartbeat. Imagine a REAL #1 center for Gabby. If that doesn't work nothing will. Then you have Stepan as a 2nd line center in his 2nd year of work. Dubi is great but know way he ever puts up 90 points. There's few players in the league that can do that, and he's just not one of them.