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Buttons rude

Who does Slats really want from the Flames?

Iginla on his way to Philly? (again)

The Blue Jackets ready to deal?SATHER FANNING FLAMES

By LARRY BROOKS

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March 5, 2003 — With the trade deadline coming up Tuesday, Glen Sather wouldn’t mind chatting with Craig Button. Problem is, the Calgary GM isn’t the easiest man for Sather to reach, even with an inventory of players that might interest the Ranger$.

“The guy doesn’t return his calls, and I’ve told him that in front of people at the GM’s meetings,” Sather, mildly exasperated, said yesterday when asked whether he’d been in recent contact with the Flames. “It’s just amazing to me that in this business, a general manager wouldn’t return phone calls promptly, let alone that it’s simply not polite.”

It’s anybody’s guess whether the unusual strategy Sather employed yesterday to flush out Button will prove successful, but the Rangers are looking to upgrade on the wing and on their PK unit. The Flames have fielded numerous inquiries regarding Craig Conroy, Stephane Yelle and Martin Gelinas (not to mention Jarome Iginla, Chris Drury and defenseman Bob Boughner), each of whom would fit the profile.

We understand, however, that Bob Clarke has been able to contact Button. A well-placed source yesterday told The Post that the Flames and Flyers have had “serious” conversations about a deal that would send Iginla to the Flyers in exchange for Simon Gagne, Red Deer defenseman Jeff Woywitka, who was the 27th overall selection in the 2001 Entry Draft, and a first-round draft pick. Calgary coach Darryl Sutter has expressed his adamant opposition to the hypothetical trade.

The Post has learned from a trustworthy informant that Sather – or in his stead, assistant GM Don Maloney – is negotiating with Columbus GM Doug MacLean, who has made 31-year-old impending Group III winger Geoff Sanderson (24-23-47) available to the Rangers, but wants 26-year-old Radek Dvorak, just now finding his game, as the return.

It’s a deal the Rangers should not make.

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Sather said that Vladimir Malakhov had suffered no more than a bruised left shoulder as a result of Monday’s first-period collision with Jason Blake that forced the defenseman to miss all but the first 10 minutes of the Islander game, and would be regarded as a maybe for Friday’s Garden match against the Flyers.


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