Rangers Plan to Make Off Season Splash?

Larry Brooks of the New York Post continues to provide intriguing speculation regarding this off season. Some of the tid bits that he offers include rumors that the Rangers could be looking to make a swap for the Coyotes third overall pick in an effort to have the ability to draft Alexei Cherepanov.

Brooks also speculates that the Rangers could try to bring both Drury and Gomez to New York as part of a package to entice both of them to take pay cuts to sign in the same city. What HTR feels is interesting is that it would appear that the Rangers appear to not have learned very much from past mistakes. While on paper it would appear to be an awesome line, the Rangers need to focus on their current players, not buy new ones.

In any note, this off-season is sure to be very interesting. This is a good article to read. Check it out in the link below.


15 Responses to Rangers Plan to Make Off Season Splash?

  1. Glucker says:

    every team seems to be ready to make a splash, i wonder if there is enough water…

  2. Kashin says:

    I would do this if I were the coyotes. Even though they passed Montoya in 2004 and the rangers picked him one pick later, they are getting an nhl ready goalie who could play for many years to come. This trade has been talked about for a while.  It is a weak draft and who knows how close any of these players who will be drafted are.

    From the rangers perspective, obviously Montoya will be traded.  There were talks about trading him to florida for horton, however the montoya to phoienix possibility seems more realistic.

    I think drury will go to the rangers, however there is no way they will get both drury and gomez

  3. avalanchuk says:

    lol. You have to remember this is Larry Brooks speaking, who is no way what so ever biased at all writing for the NY Post about the NY Rangers. Ya, ok. Plus, all of this information is old news regarding the Rangers going after Drury and him wanting to go there because he always wanted to play in NY as well as Montoya rumors, especially to Phoenix.

  4. ranger_fan says:

    AHAHAHAha Larry my friend! If NY selects third they are not taking Cheraponov! Look at either Kane (should he slip) or VanRiemsdyk – both who are native to the tristate area. VanRiemsdyk is also a power forward – something Slats has been trying to draft and develop for god knows how long. Jessiman is looking like a third liner, Falardeau is looking like a huge bust…

    Ah well. You know the Rangers are going to try everything to win these next two years before Jagr and Straka retire. I think that Drury could compromise Jagrs leadership like Ward and could be a problem.

  5. Glucker says:

    to be honest, i think Larry Brooks is kind of dumb… both Gomez and Briere to NYR?… well in that case Leafs can get Smyth and Briere!

  6. ranger_fan says:

    Smyth AND Briere? Yeah and to quote fellow Toronto native and fan Mike Myers "…and monkeys might fly out of my butt" The Rangers have about 25 million to spend – so it is conceivable.

  7. BrianColangeloNHLGM says:

    I am a huge Leaf fan, and I want them to win the cup. But for the sake of the NHL i want the Rangers to win a cup. Think back to 92-93, hockey was at a prime when the Rangers were takin er down. At this point i wan the nhl to be successful

  8. mikster says:

    I agree it makes sense to trade Montoya and newly hired GM Maloney knows him extremely well.

    The talks of Montoya and Horton were just speculation. Expect Horton to re-sign.

    It depends what happens with Nylander. If he goes, then i could see the Rangers take Gomez and Drury in one day.

  9. mikster says:

    Speculation about Montoya to Phoenix is still ongoing. I find it highly possible.

    It all depends on what happens to Nylander, who i think will stay. But if he does not, the Rangers can get Drury and Gomez at once. Would i applaud it? No. I think that’s a mistake, but it would be impressive to have both as 1st and 2nd line centers and building what’s to come in the next few years once Jagr leaves the NHL. Short-term, so so… but long-term it’s not a bad idea. Neither is a super star or past his prime, and both work well….and have good work ethics, plus…both would like to be Rangers too, i think.

    What makes the Rangers attractive now are Lundqvist, Jagr, the good mix of youth and vets, plus Renney is becoming a very likeable player’s coach, and Shanahan plays a good role. So…i don’t think this is the old Rangers we’ve known pre-lockout era. Signing Gomez and Drury wouldn’t be like signing say…Holik and Kovalev.

    It would be pretty cool though to see Gomez, Drury, and Cullen. Three US centers succeeding in the Big Apple would be a major plus for the NHL in the US.

  10. lukeleim says:

    Best possible bargain UFA's 2007-2008:

    Vitaly Vishnevski 1.2-1.5 million
    Brandon Bochenski 800,000-1.1 million
    Michael Ryan 600,000-900,000
    Jeff Friesen 800,000-1 million
    Scott Walker 1.8 million-2.5 million
    Josef Vasicek 800,000-1 million
    David Tanabe 800,000-1.2 million
    Bryan Berard 1 million-1.5 million
    Patrik Stefan 1 million-1.5 million
    Todd Bertuzzi 2 million-3 million
    Mathieu Garon 1.5 million-2 million
    Martin Skoula 1.2 million-1.8 million
    Todd White 1.5 million- 2.2 million
    David Aebischer 1.2 million-1.8 million
    Paul Kariya 3.5 million-4.5 million
    Mike York 1.8 million-2.2 million
    Robert Esche 1.2 million-1.8 million
    Curtis Joseph 800,000-1.2 million
    Alexander Mogilny 650,000-1.1 million
    Jeremy Roenick 500,000-800,000
    Gary Roberts 1 million-2 million
    Mark Recchi 1.5 million-2.2 million
    Radek Dvorak 1 million-1.8 million
    Michael Peca 1.5 million-2 million
    Bates Battaglia 750,000-1 million
    Trevor Linden 600,000-1 million
    Jeff Cowan 600,000-800,000

    Worst bargain UFA's 2007-2008:
    Ryan Smyth 6 million-7 million actual worth: 5.5 million
    Chris Drury 6 million-7.2 million actual worth: 5.2 million
    Daniel Briere 6.5 million-maximum actual worth: 6 million
    Scott Gomez 6 million-7 million actual worth: 5.5 million
    Michal Handzus 3.5 million-5 million actual worth: 3 million
    Sheldon Souray 4.5 million-6 million actual worth: 4 million
    Scott Hartnell 3 million-4.5 million actual worth: 2 million
    Scott Hannan 4 million-5 million actual worth: 3 million

  11. flamingsenator says:

    conceivable?…..haha i think probable

  12. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    This kinda speculation is running rampant all across the league.  Even in Vancouver on the team 1040 they were talking about Nonis putting a package that may include Bourdon, Schnieder, Ohlund and Morrison And its first round pick in exchange for a top 5 pick.  I highly doubt this comes to fruition.  Not for all of them, I think one of them may be taken out.  I can't remember exactly who they would take out of those 4 players but it wasn't for all of them.  Take it with a grain of salt, it's just speculation from team 1040 and not my opinion

  13. prayin-for-the-wce says:

    Kane is gonna go to the Hawks and Turris is gonna go to Philly.

  14. getzlaf15 says:

    I believe the Rangers could sign big market players like Chris Drury or Scott Gomez. There are already heading in the right direction with their young prospects which they can utilize if they don't make a big summer signing. I doubt that the Rangers will trade for the Coyotes third overall pick… keep dreaming.


  15. ssj100matt says:

    Signing both Gomez and Drury would be = to the Bruines getting Savard and Chara… Though Gomez and Drury are far more talented than Chara and Savard, the Rangers would be stuck with 2 big long term salaries and
    take up 2 spots from kids. Dawes, Bourett, Dubinsky, Staal and many other kids from the farm that are ready to play now would be screwed from a lineup spot…

    If the Rangers can get them for $5 mill and under a year each then go ahead… But signing both would just lead them down that overpaid "star player at every part of the lineup again" hole again… Personally if they want a FA then just get Drury… Gomez is talented and all but like every guy on the team already Gomez doesn't shoot… If you look at his stats and throughout his whole career he is known as a playmaker or shot setup guy… The Rangers have several of guys just like that on the team… That is why the new MSG chant this year was "SHOOT THE PUCK"… Drury brings great balance and on ice leadership that the Rangers desperately need..

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