Thursday News and Notes
The Rangers agreed to terms with Brodie Dupont yesterday. Dupont played 80 games with the Wolfpack last season, tallying 17 goals and 22 assists, along with 124 penalty minutes. He tied for second on the team in shorthanded goals (two), ranked fifth in goals and points, sixth in plus/minus rating (plus-four) and tied for seventh in assists Dupont established career-highs in games played, penalty minutes and shots (142), and recorded a career-high, nine multi-point efforts.
Has another team in NHL history had more 3rd and 4th line forwards under contract than the Rangers?
Rick Carpiniello joined us on Blueshirt Banter Radio last night, and had some interesting comments on Glen Sather, John Tortorella, and Wade Redden. Give it a listen if you haven't already. Thanks Rick, and thanks again to all you "Boneheads" who ventured over to tune in. We hope you will join us again.
I would rather see the Rangers take a chance on Simon Gagne than any of the other names floating around (Frolov, Demitra, etc). I think he is worth the risk. $5.25M cap hit for 10-11, then he is a UFA. Assuming Wade Redden's money will be off the books, they can afford Gagne. Joe will have a story later today about getting Gagne as well.
I officially no longer care where Ilya Kovalchuk plays next year. As long as it isn't Manhattan.
Taking a quick look around SBNation:
My man Ed Valentine (along with some great help from his team including our buddy Joe) is doing an awesome job with SBNation New York, make sure you add it to your daily read.
Anaheim Calling has video from Ducks Conditioning Camp of the guy the Rangers didn't draft.
I'm not the only one who wants Simon Gagne on his team, Mike at Raw Charge wants Gagne for his Lightning.
Brad at Defending Big D has a look back at the career of Darryl Sydor.
One last thing, starting Monday we are going to be running a special series on the "Greatest Rangers by the Numbers", celebrating the best players at each number for the Rangers. Some are obvious (1), some are not (10). We think you will enjoy looking back at some of the great players to don the Blueshirt.