ESPN.com has put the Rangers in the top 10 (#7) in their recent power rankings...
7. Rangers - It's hard to imagine John Tortorella not being at the top of preliminary lists for the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year. The Rangers continue to impress and are firmly entrenched in the East playoff picture. New York also has won three in a row and has given up just four goals during that period.
Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN.com debate who won out in the Michal Rozsival for Wojteck Wolski trade...
Burnside: ...In Phoenix, the points have to come from everywhere in the lineup, and the bottom line is that Rozsival's 15 points is just one behind the number put up by Wolski. He joins a very productive blue line that includes Keith Yandle, Adrian Aucoin and Ed Jovanovski. I can't help but imagine both teams will wake up tomorrow a little happier than they were today.
LeBrun: There's more upside in this trade for the Rangers because of Wolski's age, but I agree both teams get better this season. Wolski had 18 points in 18 games after arriving in Phoenix last season, so you know it's there. If Tortorella can't bring the best out of him, at least the Rangers have only committed contractually to Wolski for another season and a half. It's worth the gamble.
...got to agree that on paper this looks like a win/win for everyone including the players who both seemed to need a change of scenery.
Meanwhile, Adrian Dater at the Denver Post isn't so sure Rangers made out that well.
...h/t to reader Dave S. for the link.
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Official announcement of the trade. Update, 6:33 p.m.: Just some quick thoughts. I like the move for all the obvious reasons Sather states. It is a bit of a risk to go with all youth on the defense, but the Rangers could address that at the trade deadline if needed, which right now they don't.
Wonder if Del Zotto will be back soon or they're just going to ride McD.
As far as Wolski goes, let's hope he can recapture some of the offensive talent he flashed in Colorado. Assuming he gets a shot with Gaborik, unfortunately meaning it's probably back to the fourth line for Avery.
Somehow, Sather has been able to rid every bad contract he has brought in but Drury. That is utterly amazing. Or utterly stupid by other GMs. Update, 6:29 p.m. Wolski has six goals and 10 assists this season.
"That's the other side of the coin," Sather said. "It's created another opportunity for us we didn't have with Rozsival, who was five million under the cap. We reduced our cap by 1.2, that may allow us to do some things that come up in the future. It was a situation where it was easy for us to make for a lot of reasons."
According to Gross, Wolski has a cap figure of $3.8 million this season and next before becoming a restricted free agent while Rozsival counts $5 million against the cap this season and next, though his actual salaries in the front-loaded contract are $4 million and $3 million. Thus the Coyotes save in actual money, an important consideration for that franchise.
Update, 5:00 p.m.: Darren Dreger reports that that Rangers have traded Michal Rozsival to the Coyotes for F Wojtek Wolski. Update, 4:57 p.m.: Pierre LeBrun at ESPN tweets that the announcement will be a trade, but he doesn't have the details.
...why am I scared?
Original Post: Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants tweets that Glen Sather will be conducting a conference call at 5:15 p.m.
...the buzz around Twitter is that it's going to be a big trade. Anticipation is killing me.
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Just a heads-up to anyone interested in going to the Rangers/Canadiens game at MSG tomorrow, according to TiqIQ there are plenty of tickets under face value or way below the average price.
The ticket program TiqIQ that I have a widget for on the right hand side has found these tickets at StubHub, Ebay and other ticketing sites.
I'm also seeing fans getting ridiculously low prices through EBay auctions. A word of caution on the EBay auctions, please make sure you research the seller. There are a lot of scam artists out there and the last thing you guys need is to be taken for a ride.
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