Some news and rumors away from the ice following last night’s big win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Garden. No piece coming because I’m feeling a bit under the weather, but these issues had to be addressed.
First, the Rangers today announced Andre Deveaux was placed on waivers. Deveaux has been suspended the past three games following last week’s elbow to the head of the Florida Panthers‘ Tomas Fleishmann. If he clears waivers by tomorrow, he could report back to the AHL. According to Rangers Rants, Deveaux did not participate in the team’s practice and was saying goodbye to several teammates.
“I guess I elbowed myself out of the league,” Deveaux said to the website when asked if he knew what the next step was.
The team left for Carolina this afternoon for its matchup against the Hurricanes tomorrow night. Joining the team will be injured forwards Wojtek Wolski and Mike Rupp, as well as defenseman Marc Staal.
According to a blog post on the NY Post NHL blog, Rangers GM Glen Sather reportedly inquired about a possible trade to acquire forward Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks. The report said Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer are untouchable. The report did not mention either Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov or Michael Del Zotto.
In an updated report, Ryan said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if he were traded, possibly to the Rangers. “If they feel like the Ducks are going to get better and I’m going to get a chance to play somewhere else, I guess I would. But I’m certainly not thinking about it day in and day out,” Ryan told the Orange County Register. Ryan has 11 points this season on an underachieving Ducks squad.
Onto Ryan, there’s no doubt he’s a world-class talent but the Rangers are winning games right now and it could have an adverse effect on the team. To acquire him, it would take a big shake-up to both the NHL squad and some prospects, more than likely Chris Kreider.