Friday, July 29, 2011

Devils Sign Parise: 1 Year, $6M

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed RFA winger Zach Parise to a one year contract extension. According to Bob McKenzie the deal is worth $6M for the 2011-12 season.

As expected the Devils plan to now get Parise signed to a multi-year deal ahead of next July when he can possibly become a UFA.

Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record reports:
Per CBA, the Devils cannot sign Parise now to a deal beginning in 2012-13 until Jan. 1, 2012.

The Parise deal does not contain a no trade clause because
An RFA can't get a no-trade unless it's for a season in which he would have been a UFA.

We are going to hear a hell of a lot of speculation now until the Devils get Parise signed up long term.
Every single rumor monger will have someone looking to sign him next summer and the Devils trying to trade him before they lose him for nothing. Honestly, I'd be surprised if Parise isn't signed to a deal for at least three years as soon as the CBA allows them to announce a new deal.


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Report: Kovalev to KHL

According to NHL.com
If reports are true, Alex Kovalev's NHL career could be over.
The website Sports Express is reporting Kovalev has agreed to a two-year contract with Atlant Mytishchi of the Kontinental Hockey League. The 38-year-old Kovalev will be 40 when that contract expires.
Kovalev has played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators during his 17-year career. He was most recently with the Penguins for a second stint after he was dealt by the Senators at the trade deadline.
It really sucks when the players that you grew up watching as a kid continue to either retire or leave the NHL. My best memories of Kovalev are when he was a young, ridiculously skillful winger just breaking into the NHL. As a 10 year old I'd watch Kovalev dazzle not only the fans but also other players on the ice as he took on players and not only stickhandled past them once, but twice! He was part of the 1994 Stanley Cup New York Rangers team and for that I will always be grateful.

Good luck in the KHL Alexei, it was a pleasure watching you. When he got that puck there were times when he was a joy to watch and had some jaw dropping moves. I'll remember the good times.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Callahan Re-Signs; 3 yr deal, Rumored $4.2M Per Season

As expected, and as I had predicted last week once Brandon Dubinsky had re-signed. The Rangers have re-signed winger Ryan Callahan to a three year deal. The contracts terms are not official yet, but Kevin Allen states:
Ryan Callahan's new contract breakdown: $4M, $4M, $4.85M for the three seasons...
Obviously that $12.85M figure can go up or down slightly and that will make a difference as to what the cap hit will be, but as of now that leaves Callahan's cap hit around $4.28M per season.

Honestly, I expected the Rangers to get Callahan under contract for at least four years based on the contract Dubinsky got last week. Callahan gets a little more money and a one year shorter deal because the Rangers are still buying out two seasons that Callahan would be eligible for UFA status. The Dubinsky contract, although one year longer, also buys out two years of Dubinsky becoming a UFA. The other smart part of this deal is that the next time Callahan and Dubinsky's contracts expire, they will not be in the same summer.

Now the questions is, will Ryan Callahan be announced as the next Rangers captain prior to the start of the 2011-12 season?

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rangers Sign Stu Bickel

According to CapGeek the New York Rangers have re-signed Stu Bickel. Bickel's contract is a two-way deal, his NHL cap hit is $600k, while his AHL salary is $75k. Talk about an incentive to get to the big show :)

Bickel spent the majority of last season playing for The Whale after being acquired by the Rangers from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for defenseman Nigel Williams.

This is a depth move, so don't expect to see Bickel in a Rangers jersey this season. Bickel is known for participating in the fisticuffs, here's his fight card from last season.

H/T SNYRangersBlog
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Rangers Sign Eminger To One Year Deal

I had posted last week that the Rangers were close to extending Steve Eminger for another season. Today it was announced that the Rangers have extended Eminger for one more year.

According to Ranger Rants:
Defenseman Steve Eminger, 28, has agreed to terms on a new, one-year deal with the Rangers worth $800,000 after compiling two goals, four assists and 22 penalty minutes in 65 games last season.
That's a very cap friendly number for the Rangers. Eminger will likely play the same role that he did last season, rotating in and out of the lineup as a 6th/7th defenseman.


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Columbus Signs Prospal To One Year Deal

 According to Columbus GM, Scott Howson:
Very pleased to tell you all that we have signed Vinnie Prospal. He is a top 6 forward to help replace Kristian Huselius.

 Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that it is a one year deal for $1.75M plus bonuses.

Good luck to Vinnie in Columbus. He was a good Ranger and I wouldn't have minded seeing him back in New York for another season but it was a numbers game and with an abundance of forwards already under contract for next season it was expected that Prospal had likely played his last game as a Ranger.

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Rumor: Is Zuccarello Being Shopped?

A Swedish newspaper is reporting that the Rangers are actively shopping Mats Zuccarello.

Considering that his cap hit is $1.75M and he's unlikely to crack the top nine forwards in the Rangers lineup for the upcoming season it's really not that surprising if the report is true. However, I don't think that the newspaper has any actual knowledge at this point, it's just speculation about a move that seems fairly logical given the numbers and the chances of Zuccarello getting a significant amount of playing time in the NHL this season.

The article also states that Erik Christensen and Wojtek Wolski are potential players to be traded. At this point I'd be surprised if anyone traded for Wolski since I'm assuming GMs know that if the Rangers want to offload Wolski's contract they can buy him out. Once he's been bought out he would become a UFA and team's could offer him a much more cap friendly salary.

Christensen on the other hand who has another year left on his deal could be shopped, but realistically what would the return be? At this point I'd take a bag of dirty laundry for him. He's the most inconsistent player in the NHL in my opinion, showing up to play one shift every five games. Aside from his shootout skills I think he's pretty damn useless.

At this juncture I doubt there's a whole lot of interest in Zuccarello, Christensen or Wolski. The most likely to be an ex-Ranger by the time October rolls around is Woksi in my opinion, but only if Sather decides to buy out the remaining year of his contract. Then again, Sather has been known to pull of some trades that are nothing short of miraculous.

H/T HFBboards
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Video: Rangers Prospect Camp Part 2

We had Part 1 here two weeks ago.

Here's part two of the video:



Video courtesy of Connecticut Whale Media Relations Manager, Brian Ring

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Friday, July 22, 2011

The New Winnipeg Jets Logo....

The new Winnipeg Jets logo which was released on the official team website at 5pm ET


Source: Jets Website


Anyone else see a strange resemblance to this logo?


Would've been funny if they just flipped this logo upside down :)  



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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dubinksy Avoids Arbitration, Signs 4 Year Deal, $4.2M cap hit

According to Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports:
Dubinsky avoids arbitration w/ NYR. Agrees to 4 yr deal, breakdown is as follows: $3.75M $3.75M $4.65M $4.65M.

This is great news for the Rangers, Dubinsky is locked up for another four years at a very manageable cap hit of $4.2M per year. Reports surfaced over the past few days that Dubinsky wanted in excess of $5M and that the Rangers were looking to pay less money. There were also rumors that Dubinsky wanted a long term deal and the Rangers didn't.

I have to point out that I did predict this week that despite reports to the contrary I fully expected Dubinsky to sign a long term deal  (4-5 years) with the Rangers and avoid arbitration.

Now that this contract is out of the way, I fully expect the Rangers to lock Ryan Callahan up with a deal of at least 4 years prior to his arbitration hearing next week.
Can I go 2 for 2?
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How The Arbitration Process Works

Arbitration hearings begin today in the NHL with Lauri Korpikoski of  Phoenix and Teddy Purcell of Tampa first on the schedule.


For many, the arbitration process is a mystery. Chris Johnson did an excellent job describing how the arbitration process works and what each side is or isn't allowed to submit as evidence to support their argument.

According to Johnson:
Each of the arbitration hearings is held in Toronto and follows a specific protocol laid out in the CBA. The sides each get the floor for 90 minutes and are limited in what evidence they can use to support their case.

The presentations are allowed to focus on a player's statistics, his contribution to team success and identifying others around the league with similar numbers that draw a salary in the desired range. However, they must not include references to a team's salary cap situation, any history of negotiations between the player and the team or make a comparison to a deal signed by an unrestricted free agent.

Following the hearing, the arbitrator has 48 hours to make a decision and will provide a brief explanation of why he settled on a specific salary.

If the award is for more than $1,633,131 on a one-year deal, the team has the right to walk away from the ruling and let the player become an unrestricted free agent. That happened a year ago with the Chicago Blackhawks and goaltender Antti Niemi.

Otherwise, the sides go forward with the contract dictated by the arbitrator.

Rangers fans will likely remember back in August, 2009 when the Rangers decided to walk away from Nik Zherdev making him a UFA after he was awarded $3.9M by the arbitrator.

The Rangers and Devils are the only teams that have more than one scheduled arbitration hearing. For the Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan look set to go to arbitration while for the Devils Mark Fraser and Zach Parise will have their salaries for next season decided by an arbitrator.  

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Rumor: Rangers Ready To Re-Sign Eminger

It sounds like the New York Rangers may have found their veteran defenseman for next season. According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers are attempting to re-sign Steve Eminger, who came to New York in a trade last summer that sent Aaron Voros to the Ducks.

Brooks today stated:
Rangers zoning in on re-signing Eminger...should be done relatively soon...
Eminger who is still only 27 years old was a pleasant surprise last season. After watching him struggle on several teams early in his career I had very low expectations for him. However, he played the role that he was expected to play well and was surprisingly much much more physical than I think any New York Rangers fan expected.

Last year Eminger was in the second year of a two year contract, based on the fact that it's expected that Eminger will likely fill the 6th/7th defenseman role and what appears to be a lack of interest, I would expect that if he is re-signed by Sather that he won't be getting a pay raise. I actually would be surprised if he was signed for above $1.1M to be quite honest. Last year his salary was $1.5M but his cap hit was only $1.125M.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dubinsky Contract Holdup Is Over Length, Not Money

Many fans are overreacting in my opinion about the rumor that Brandon Dubinsky and the New York Rangers are still not close on a contract. However, to me the report by Jesse Spector is a good sign.

Typically in these type of negotations the player and team can't agree on the length of the contract or the amount of money. According to the Daily News article, "the sticking point in negotiations is not money, but years for a new contract." Based on that I predict that the Rangers can get Dubinsky signed ahead of his arbitration hearing this Thursday. If the report is accurate then Dubisnky is not overpricing himself or demanding an obscene amount of money, he's just looking for a longer deal than the Rangers are willing to do at this time. If I were to guess Dubinksy is attempting to get a deal in excess of 5 years and the Rangers are only willing to go three or maybe four maximum.

If the sides don't come to an agreement and the parties head to arbitration then it's likely that the Rangers will opt for the arbitration award be for a two year contract. If Dubinsky is awarded a two year contract based on the arbitrator's decision then Dubisnky would be a UFA after the 2012-2013 season.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Rangers First Round Pick J.T. Miller To Play In OHL

According to Coming Down The Pipe, J.T. Miller who the Rangers selected 15th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has decided to play in the OHL next season. Miller had originally stated that he planned on going to college and playing NCAA hockey at the University of North Dakota.

The Prospect Park has more information on J.T. Miller here, saying that Miller is at least three years away from turning. So, don't get excited thinking that since this kid isn't going to college he'll be in New York within the next two years.

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Rangers Defensemen Need To Hit The Net!

Source: NY State of Sports
TSN has an interesting article that takes a look at the accuracy of players hitting the net when they shoot the puck. Three Rangers defensemen from last season (Del Zotto, Eminger, Sauer) managed to finish in the top 25 for missed shots. Two Rangers (Gilroy & McCabe) finished in the top 25 for most accurate shooters amongst defensemen, however neither of them will be back in New York next season.

It's well known that Michael Del Zotto had a bad year last season in his sophomore season. So bad in fact that he was sent to the AHL to finish the year. As the article points out, it's very concerning when one of the men manning the point on the power play misses the net 42% of the time. So, if Del Zotto wants to stick with the big club for this season, we can only hope that he's been practicing getting his shots on goal.

Amongst forwards, Chris Drury missed the net the third highest amount of times amongst forwards and Vinny Prospal finished in the top 25 for least likely to miss the net.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rangers Sign Brian Boyle To 3 Year Deal

Source: Wikipedia
The New York Rangers knocked another RFA off the list of those to be re-signed by getting Brian Boyle under contract for another three years with a cap hit of $1.7M per year.

I have to say I'm not all that surprised at the cap hit, although I was hoping that Sather could get Boyle signed for a cap hit less than $1.5M per year. I think if it were a two year deal that the Rangers could've gotten that deal, but I would guess that the extra $200k per year was to get Boyle signed for the third year.

It's a risk for the Rangers in my opinion because prior to this past season Boyle had never scored more than 4 goals in a single NHL season. He did finish last season with 21 goals and 35 points but down the stretch in the final 23 games he had a measly one goal and two assists. So we''ll have to wait and see whether over the length of the three year contract we're going to see the "old" Brian Boyle OR the "new" Brian Boyle.

It's also a slight risk for Boyle because if he continues to improve at the rate he did last season (which I feel is unlikely) then in the open market in another year or two he could get well over $2M. However, if I'm Boyle, this is a deal that I can certainly live with. We can only hope that Brian Boyle can match the year he had last season.

Next on Sather's agenda will be to get Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan under contract. If no agreement can be made in the next week or so then the parties will head to arbitration.

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Nassau Residents, Get Your Butt Out And Vote Yes August 1st!

I know that I'm going to get some abuse for posting this on a Rangers-centric blog. But, as a diehard New York Rangers fan I want to see the Rangers-Islanders rivalry continue for many more years. The most exciting games of the NHL season are the rivalry games, the inter-division games, the games that have real history to them. Have you ever been to a Rangers vs. Islanders game at MSG or at the Colisseum? If you have then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Don't get me wrong, I love watching the Islanders lose as much as the next guy. But I want to watch them lose on Long Island, not in Kansas City or some other North American city.

So what's the vote on? Read all about it on the Islanders' website, there's a ton of information about the referendum that I am urging all Nassau County residents to vote "yes" on. And if you want to know where you can vote, click here.  Or, if you need an absentee ballot, go here. You're basically voting whether a new arena should be built in Nassau County. Without a new arena there is a good chance that the Islanders will be forced to relocate.

If for no other reason, get behind the Islanders on this because Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, Rod Gilbert and Brian Boyle say so!

By the way, Potvin Sucks!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rumor: Rangers In Contract Negotiations With Defenseman Sami Lepisto

I'm very skeptical of translated news stories because one wrong word can completly change the context of the entire story. But, a report from a Finnish website indicates that the Rangers may be in contract negotiations with defenseman Sami Lepisto, who played last year with Phoenix and Columbus.

Lepisto is currently a UFA and earned $800k last season. If the report is true then it's likely a move to add to the depth on defense. There's a possibility that Del Zotto or some of the other potential young defensive prospects won't make the team, so Lepisto could just be an insurance policy. The Rangers will likely try and sign him to a two-way contract.

The original article is here and the translated article here

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Video: Rangers Prospect Camp




Video courtesy of Connecticut Whale Media Relations Manager, Brian Ring

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Wolski: Shotgun to Richard & Gaborik or Buy Out?

Source: Wikipedia
I'm not sure what to think of the potential outcomes for left winger Wojtek Wolski. It's interesting that he could either start the season on the top line alongside Gaborik and/or Richards or he could be bought out before the summer is even over.

Because the Rangers filed for arbitration with Boyle, Callahan and Dubinsky the Rangers will have a second buy out window which begins three days after the Ryan Callahan hearing on July 28th and lasts 48 hours. You'll recall that during the last buy out window the Rangers bought out Chris Drury.

Wolski has one year left on his contract, earning $4M this season, with a cap hit of $3.8M. According to the NY Post "a Wolski buyout would come with a cap charge of $467,000 this year -- a saving of $3.33 million -- and $667,000 for 2012-13."

Whether or not Wolski is bought out will likely hinge on how the arbitration hearings with Boyle, Callahan and Dubinsky go. If the three get larger than expected contracts then the Rangers may need to buy out Wolski in order to stay under the salary cap. 

If the Rangers don't buy out Wolski then he could get the chance to play left wing on the Rangers top line. The Rangers have several left wingers but none who are what you would consider a true number one line winger. However, it is a contract year for Wolski, so he may be trying extra hard with the hopes of landing a lucrative contract next summer.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rangers/Connecticut Lesser Known Signings

John Mitchell [Signed a 1-year, two-way deal with a .650 cap hit]
Dale Weise [Signed a 1-year, two-way deal with a .605 cap hit]
Chad Kolarik [Signed a 2-year, two-way deal with a .525 cap hit]

via HFBoards

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rumor: Stamkos Told Tampa He Wants To Be Traded

Update: 
Erik Erlendsson, beat writer for the Tampa Tribune tweeted earlier:
Mark Guy, agent for Stamkos, on rumor he wants a trade "Absolutely 100 percent false''
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[Getting some heat for posting this rumor, so take it for what it is, a rumor]

If you've been reading Puck Central for anytime at all then you know that I don't like to cover ridiculous rumors. Not only do I not like to cover them, I just don't cover them. The reason being that 96.9% of the time the rumors are a load of garbage and there's no real wind behind them.

However, Incarcerated Bob has been breaking a lot of stories lately in the four major sports and his credibility has continued to grow. Today he is reporting that:
Stamkos told agent he wants a *TRADE* unhappy with the Lightning's latest offer (Leafs / Flames / Habs) in it
Due to the fact teams are scared of offering a RFA offer, Stamkos wants a sign & trade (Leafs / Flames / Habs)
negotiations have turned bad & Stamkos is getting pissed off that Tampa made it known they would make a team regret signing him to offer sheet
Only time will tell if Stamkos is actually traded. Obviously pretty much every team in the NHL will make a call to Steve Yzerman (Tampa GM) to see what he's asking for in return. But, the truth is, most teams don't have the cap space to take on the contract that Stamkos is going to want.

This doesn't guarantee by any means that Stamkos will be traded. In fact, it could just be nothing more than negotiation tactics by Stamkos and his agent.
 
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Friday, July 8, 2011

NYR RFA Salary Arbitration Dates Set

According to Kevin Baumer of Blueshirt Bulletin:
Arbitration hearings scheduled: Dubinsky -July 21, Boyle - July 25, Callahan - July 28
Keep in mind that deals can be worked out prior to those dates. If no contract is signed before that date then the sides make their case in front of an arbitrator.

If you missed it, earlier today the Rangers re-signed RFAs Artem Anisimov and Mike Sauer to two year deals.

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Video: What Mike Rupp Is Capable of Bringing To The Rangers


And not to mention a decent fight card ...

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Rangers Extend Mike Sauer & Artem Anisimov

(Update 12:25pm ET):

The Rangers also extended center Artem Anisimov for an additional two years. Ansimov will make $1.875M per year (Link).
via KuklasKorner
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According to Larry Brooks:
Rangers have signed restricted FA D Michael Sauer to 2 yr deal worth $1.25M per
When it comes to things like this Brooks is usually very accurate, so I have no doubt that the Rangers hvae re-signed Sauer. A two year deal at $1.25M per year seems very fair for both sides and a very reasonable cap hit for Sauer who was very good on the blue line for the Rangers in his rookie season last year. The thing I like about Sauer is that he's not flashy, gets the job done defensively and is one of the first guys in to back up a teammate.

When this contract expires in two years, Sauer will once again be a RFA with arbitration rights.

Now let's get the rest of those RFAs signed (Anisimov,  Callahan & Dubinsky).

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Matt Gilroy Signed By Tampa

Matt Gilroy's Rangers career ended today, which was expected after he rejected the Rangers contract offer this week after Glen Sather refused to issue him a qualifying offer. Gilroy who was a UFA after walking away from the Rangers offer was today signed to a one year contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Brad Richards Is A New York Ranger

The New York Rangers today signed the grand prize amongst UFAs who are available this summer. The Rangers have been the favorite for quite some time but as of yesterday several teams were still in the mix. The deal is for 9 years/$58.5m which is a cap hit of $6.5m per season.
Only time will tell how good a deal this actually is. Contract details have not yet been released but I'd imagine that the contract is front loaded with Richards probably getting close to $9m the first year of the deal and gradually decreasing until the final years. Because Richards is 31 years old, if he were to retire after 6 years, the Rangers would not be on the books for the cap hit the remaining years. It's a very long contract but for a player of Richards caliber the cap hit is fairly reasonable.
Although I am a little cautious based on many UFA signings by the Rangers in the past, I am excited to see what a duo of Richards and Gaborik will do together. It's about time the Rangers got someone else to help put the puck in the net!

Rangers Ink Fedotenko To 1 Year Extension

The Rangers have re-signed Ruslan Fedontenko to a one year deal worth $1.4m.
Fedontenko was a UFA who was rumored to be coming back for at least another year.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Rangers Sign Mike Rupp

The New York Rangers have signed Mike Rupp to 3 year deal worth $4.5M.
Some people will say that this is overpayment for a fourth line player but I like the deal A LOT. Rupp is a tough guy who Rangers fans should know well since they faced him a lot as a NJ Devil and Penguin. Last year he even scored a hat trick against the Rangers.
He fills the enforcer role and is also pretty decent at faceoffs.
I'm happy with this deal. It's definitely a decent chunk in change but Rupp should be a good fit and he can do more than fight.

Pens Out Of Running For Jagr

The Penguins announced this morning that they have withdrawn their one
year offer of $2M for Jaromir Jagr. It sounds like it could be between
the Red Wings and Montreal. But, I've read that as many as 13 teams
have inquired about Jagr. Sounds like the New York Rangers still not
one of those teams, thankfully!