Thu 5 Nov 2009
In the spirit of the New York Yankees winning the World Series, let me just say Holy Cow! No, that is not a reference to Yankees or baseball. Rather, it is reference to the fact that there was a Glen Sather sighting by one of New York’s hockey reporters. I guess this means that Groundhog Day has been moved from February to November. The question we need to answer is did Sather see his shadow? Actually, the real question is can Slats see his reflection in a mirror?
The Sather sighting came as part of a Larry Brooks NY Post Exclusive that says the Rangers are among the teams in Sweden to scout the talented, but often injured, Peter Forsberg in the Karjala Cup Tournament.
“Yes, we have interest in Forsberg,” Brooks quotes Sather. “From the reports we’ve been getting, the foot is much better than it was a year ago. We’ll scout him at the tournament and see what, if anything develops. But I’ve always liked Peter and I’ve always been interested in finding a way to bring him to New York, if possible.”
In yet another Groundhog Day reference, this is another case of the Rangers chasing after another broken down veteran. If Forsberg were anywhere near reasonable health, his name would be only an NHL contract by now. Sadly, the once great center is a mere shadow of the player he was a decade ago due to numerous ankle and foot injuries.
Even if Forsberg managed to turn back the clock to his pre-injury status (and that is a big if), the Rangers do have one little problem – extremely limited cap space. Even if Brooks calculations were way off (he said the Rangers have about $700,000 worth of space available), the Blueshirts would not have enough cap space to sign Forsberg – much like they had no salary cap wiggle room to sign Mats Sundin last year.
Sather would be better off trying to find a way to correct his $7 million mistake and move Chris Drury. Internet rumblings have Tampa Bay pondering the fate of their captain Vincent Lecavalier. While their cap hits are close enough to make a deal possible (Drury at $7 million and Lecavalier at $7.7 million), the Lightning center’s contract is in the Rick DiPietro neighborhood ($85 million over 11 seasons).
Even if Sather could find a trading partner, Drury has a No Movement Clause. In other words, Drury can’t go anywhere unless he agrees to it – including being sent down to Hartford.
The only positive thing I can say is that the Rangers are exercising their due diligence to at least kick Forsberg’s tires. Of course, given the state of those tires, they are risking coming up with a lemon.
ON THE FLY
On his Newsday Blue Notes Blog, Steve Zipay is reporting that coach John Tortorella will be reuniting Brandon Dubinsky with Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik. Zipay writes that Tort’s was pleased with the Christopher Higgins, Artem Anisimov and Ales Kotalik line. Zipay offered that Enver Lisin could be back in the lineup and team with Drury and Ryan Callahan on the third line with Sean Avery, Brian Boyle and Donald Brashear/Aaron Voros on the fourth line with Dane Byers serving his automatic one-game suspension for picking up an Instigator penalty with less than five minutes left to play against Vancouver.