BREAKING: Chris Drury to Accept Buyout

June 29, 2011

According to the NY Post, Chris Drury has accepted a buyout of his contract rather than stay on and be placed on Long-ter injured reserve.

Drury will be free to sign a one-year contract with any team requesting his services, though Larry Brook at the Post said he may return to play in Buffalo.

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Stamkos Free to Negotiate With Other Teams

June 29, 2011

Huge news. According to Mike Colligan of The Hockey Writers and Forbes, Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos can begin accepting offer sheets from other teams starting Friday. Tampa GM Steve Yzerman has until the end of the week to sign the young phenom who has scored 96 goals over the past two seasons.

If Stamkos accepts an offer sheet, Yzerman has seven days to match the offer. If he cannot and Stamkos accepts a deal, Tampa Bay will be compensated with a draft pick determined by Stamkos’ annual salary.

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Rangers Re-Sign Dale Weise

June 28, 2011

Forgot this little tid-bit in the earlier post. The Rangers announced they have resigned forward Dale Weise to a one-year deal.

Weise, 22, spent most of last season in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale where he scored 18 goals and 38 points in 47 games. He skated in 10 games for the Rangers in 2010-11, registering 19 penalty minutes including a fighting major in his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers in December.

The Blueshirts originally drafted by the Rangers in the fourth-round in 2008.

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Dribs and Drabs From Day 1 of Prospect Camp

June 27, 2011

Just two days after the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Rangers have opened its annual prospect mini-camp. The roster includes most recent draft picks (minus Chris Kreider who is taking summer classes at Boston College), and several other camp invites whose names you don’t know, and probably never will.

Some noteworthy players at the camp are Christian Thomas, Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin, Andrew Yogan and 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller.

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New Alignment Coming to NHL?

June 26, 2011

With the subtraction of the Atlanta Thrashers and the re-born Winnipeg Jets coming to the 2011-12 season, the NHL has a problem on its hands. Following this year, the Jets will move out of the Southeast Division and join the Western Conference, creating a conference unbalance with the West having 16 teams and its East cousin sporting just 14.

Three teams have been rumored to make the leap from the West to the East: the Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets. Geographically, Nashville could make the most sense and be the easiest transition, jumping right into the Southeast division where the Thrashers and now Jets once called home.

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Drury Leaning Towards Buyout?

June 26, 2011

According to the New York Post, Rangers captain Chris Drury may accept his proposed buyout afterall.

When general manager Glen Sather first told the 34-year-old forward of the organization’s plans to buy him out, Drury said he was unable to play next season due to chronic knee problems. Under the CBA, players unable to perform cannot be bought out, but rather can be placed on Long-term Injured Reserve. Read the rest of this entry »

Rangers Qualify Callahan, Dubinsky, Sauer, Boyle and Anisimov, No Gilroy

June 26, 2011

Plenty of Ranger news coming out of the final day of the draft in Minnesota. Glen Sather sat down with the media to discuss the restricted free agent situation, Matt Gilroy and the possibility the team will open the next three seasons in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »