Dupont adds that Nash and Thornton were magic together in Davos, Switzerland, during the last lockout, and have paired like hand and glove in the Olympics for Team Canada.
Thornton has a no movement clause in his contract that carries cap hit of $7 million for the next two years.
...is this guy kidding me? Ummm, guess he doesn't remember Thornton calling the Rangers soft last year and Torts reacting like this...
"It surprised me, and I've never heard a player say that. Joe's a heck of a player, but here's a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn't won a g--damn thing in this league. He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I've never had it happen like that before."
...yeah, I'm sure the Rangers are real interested in bringing this idiot in. Unless of course the Blueshirts are looking to dominate during the regular season only to fall short in the playoffs the next two years like Thornton teams usually do.
And in my daily Shane Doan update, TVA Sports reports that prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison hasn't contacted the Coyotes captain and the 36-year old winger is expected to begin negotiating contracts with interested teams.
...should be a crazy week of Doan rumors and contract talk. Hopefully not of it includes the Rangers and a 4-year, $30 million offer.
H/T to Spector's Hockey for the links.
just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...
"Doc" Emerick is doing Olympic Water Polo play by play on NBC. Yuck. Maybe some of his made-up words will actually make sense.
Forget about Doan & Thorton. Rangers cannot revert back to late 90's when the were the ranger$ bringing in washed up players & paying exorbitant sums. I would stand pat.
"Not to be surprised." you could put that disclaimer in just about any story. SHUT. UP.
speaking of which, can Tim Thomas SHUT THE F#$% UP? Nobody cares about your close-minded, bigoted, back-water views on life and the morality you want to impose on others. Take your redneckedness back to Chick-Fil whatever, pull down all of the blinds, close your eyes and pray to some chicken strips. sheesh.
@AnnoyingJoe -- seriously, please let there be no more reporting on Tim Thomas of any kind ever again ...
They did bring in asham, who I'm sure has said stuff in the past. I don't see how we could get Thornton, I don't want to give up anyone else.
sounds like nonsense, but Thornton's comments in the past wouldn't be a factor in any Sather decision.
@TheWrage I'm surprised by all the "never happen" talk - even Torts would accommodate a former naysayer if he thought it would help the team, and how better to show Jumbo Joe the error of his ways (and prove yourself right in the process) than to incorporate him into YOUR system and MAKE HIM A WINNER...funny, no one was making an issue of Parise's comments when they thought he might have a change of heart and take Ranger greenbacks...and does anyone really think Jumbo Joe is the reason his teams have not won the Cup? he has performed admirably on the post-season with the exception of two pre-lockout nightmares in Boston ...now, I know the $$$ is an issue with Thornton, but if Doan only wanted 2 years at $7 mil per, wouldn't you expect Slats to at least listen? and Doan would not be added to play with Nash, more of a character guy (Bobby Holik?)...maybe Slats doesn't thinks Stepan could use more seasoning behind 2 of the best playmaking centers in the game... of be I am not as dismissive - this is not high school, and people can get past old grudges when it clearly makes you better...now if the Sharks wanna throw in Ryan Clowe ...
@TheWrage Stupid. Sure they've worked great together in the past, but I guess Dupont decided to ignore all the other factors including the soft comment and salary.
@KevinDeLury @TheWrage I think Richards will feed him the puck just fine. Nash is a power guy and isn't soft like gaborik.
@TheKing @KevinDeLury King couldn't be more right here. Jagr was playing his "half court" game when he got here. He couldn't wheel like he did when he was younger, and he wanted to play keep away until the other team made a mistake, and then he'd jump down your throat.
On the other hand, we brought in Gomez, who was all about making the zone, and making a pass in an odd man situation. Not only should we have realized Gomez/Jagr wouldn't work, but we should have been more concerned about making sure we had a finisher to play with Gomez. I mean, he played his best hockey as a Ranger with a washed up Shanny, and that was best we gave him on the wing.
@KevinDeLury when Jagr was on the rangers he was slower and used his body more. He really controlled the play. I thought Gomez was a whole different type of player and they didnt mesh. let's not forget gomez is no brad richards either.