New York Rangers News And Notes: Derek Jeter Edition

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- This has nothing to do with hockey, but we here at Blueshirt Banter are going to tip our hats to Yankees-great Derek Jeter. Jeter went 5-for-5 yesterday including hitting his 3,000th hit (the first Yankee to ever do so) by launching a home run to deep left. More on that [Pinstripe Alley] [SBNation New York] [ESPN New York].

- Not too surprising here, but Andrew Gross is reporting that the Rangers are in the market for a veteran defenseman. What might surprise you about what he is speculating is that the Rangers might want to trade for such a player. [Ranger Rants]

The Rangers are also still in the market for a veteran defenseman to go with Mike Sauer, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Tim Erixon and possibly Michael Del Zotto. With a surplus of forwards, they're in a position to make a deal.

- Reports are beginning to surface that Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning are so far apart on a new contract that Stamkos wants a trade. While I'm not putting too much merit into the rumors, the two sides are very far apart and nothing coming from either camp seems to be positive. I'll have a post going up tomorrow on what the Rangers would have to give for a potential trade to land the superstar, but again, it's just mid-summer speculation at this point.

-Want to know which free agents are left on the board? Look no further. [NHL]

Use this as your Sunday open thread. Obviously if any news breaks you'll find it here. Thoughts guys?