Saturday Night Special: Quick Hits, Uneducated Speculation

WASHINGTON DC - FEBRUARY 25: Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers controls the puck in front of John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals during the first period at the Verizon Center on February 25 2011 in Washington DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

My wife is out of town this weekend, so I've been on Daddy duty all day, did I miss anything?

Kidding. Love the trade, another "no-brainer" for the Rangers. Glen Copperfield does it again. Nick will have a full breakdown and analysis of the deal in the morning, and then I'm sure we'll be talking about it in the game thread during tomorrow's game.

Tomorrow's game is on MSG, and both the Tampa feed and MSG feed will be available on NHL Center Ice.

Good news on the Derek Stepan front, he was fined but not suspended by the NHL (Ranger Rants)

Derek Stepan was somewhat relieved to learn today he has been fined an undisclosed amount for his shoulder-to-face hit on Mike Green in last night’s 6-0 win at Washington but not suspended.

Ruslan Fedetenko and Marc Staal are also sitting out tomorrow.

A couple of the beat guys have said that Glen Sather will not be speaking to the media tonight, as he often does after trades. That tells me he isn't done dealing, and Jesse Spector says Sather is going full bore after Brad Richards. Rumors about Michael Del Zotto and Evgeny Grachev as the main pieces of the deal. Stay tuned, it's going to be an interesting 48 hours.

Is it possible to be sick of Brad Richards before he even comes here?

Have a good night kids, see you tomorrow.

[Note by Jim Schmiedeberg, 02/26/11 8:03 PM EST According to AHL Transactions, Del Zotto has been returned to Connecticut.

Clearing cap space?

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