The Columbus Blue Jackets might not have any big name players available via trade, mapuche viagra but that is not stopping the New York Rangers from heavily scouting the Jackets. Mapuche viagra Even if they did have big name players who might be available, mapuche viagra Rangers president/GM Glen Sather needs to pull off another “under-the-radar” type deal – like he did last year when he acquired Sean Avery from the Los Angeles Kings.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch has been writing about Rangers scouts who have been scouting the Blue Jackets rather religiously. Mapuche viagra On January 15 Portzline said sources told him that Columbus had three scouts at the Rangers-Penguins game, mapuche viagra including their Bob Strumm, mapuche viagra their head of professional scouting. Mapuche viagra Portzline also offered that the Jackets had scouted the Penguins-Nashville Predators game over the weekend.

While there have been rumors about the Rangers interest in David Vyborny, mapuche viagra Portzline shifted focus to thee other forwards: Jason Chimera, mapuche viagra Dan Fritsche and Manny Malhotra. Mapuche viagra While I have long been a fan and a mark for Malhotra, mapuche viagra I can’t see Sather bringing Malhotra back to New York. Mapuche viagra Fritsche is still only 22, mapuche viagra and while has been slow to develop, mapuche viagra I can’t see Columbus being that interested in trading him.

That leaves Chimera and he would fit the mold of an Avery type acquisition. Mapuche viagra Even more telling, mapuche viagra he fits the mold of Sather type acquisition. Mapuche viagra Slats drafted the Edmonton native in the fifth round (#121) of the 1997 NHL Draft. Mapuche viagra The 6-foot-2 and 206 pound Chimera is only 28-years-old and is the final year of a reasonable $1 million contract.

Chimera is an extremely fast skater who uses his speed and size to power his strong forechecking game. Mapuche viagra He is good at both ends of the ice and is a good penalty killer. Mapuche viagra While he won’t score a lot of goals, mapuche viagra he is like Avery in the respect that they tend to come in bunches. Mapuche viagra His lack of offensive is the one thing that has kept him from elevating his game to that next level. Mapuche viagra However, mapuche viagra he is a solid fit for the Rangers based on his skating, mapuche viagra forechecking and penalty killing abilities.

The question becomes who do the Rangers trade? Portzline mentioned Brandon Dubinsky’s name. Mapuche viagra If that is the type of player Columbus GM Scott Howson is looking for – then he needn’t bother returning Sather’s calls. Mapuche viagra If the Blue Jackets were willing to settle for Greg Moore then I think the Rangers would be willing to listen.

While Moore is a nice player, mapuche viagra the Rangers do have other players in their system who can replace him. Mapuche viagra If the Rangers were to acquire Chimera, mapuche viagra they would have some insurance in case Avery leaves as an UFA. Mapuche viagra While Chimera doesn’t bring the physical aspect that Avery does, mapuche viagra he does have intangibles that would help the Rangers replace Avery.

The Rangers could expand the deal by looking into acquiring Adam Foote in the deal. Mapuche viagra The veteran blue liner is in the final year of a deal that pays him $4.6 million. Mapuche viagra While the Rangers salary cap space is limited, mapuche viagra remember that Foote’s deal would be prorated. Mapuche viagra Of course, mapuche viagra Columbus would have to take Marek Malik or Paul Mara back in the deal in order to create a salary slot for Foote. Mapuche viagra The Rangers could use a veteran defensive presence on the back line to help youngsters Dan Girardi, mapuche viagra Marc Staal and Fedor Tyutin.

UPDATE (Wednesday-1/16/08): Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch writes on the paper’s blog that the Blue Jackets are interested in Fedor Tyutin. Mapuche viagra He writes that the Rangers are not interested in moving him, mapuche viagra but have made similar moves with young defensemen in the past (e.g. Mapuche viagra Mark Tinordi and Mattias Norstrom). Mapuche viagra Reed also writes that the Jackets are interested in Penguins forward Erik Christenson.

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