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FANFARE: CONCUSSIONS

Nhl_logoBY: Adam Gavriel

The league’s superstar and poster-boy player has played in just nine games since the Winter Classic last season.

The New York Rangers top defenseman has not suited up in a game this season.

The Philadelphia Flyers captain and top defenseman has not played in an NHL game since November 19th and will be out the rest of the regular season, playoffs and possibly ever again.

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A PUZZLING MOVE BY THE RANGERS

In a rather interesting move today, the New York Rangers signed another depth defenseman in veteran Brendan Bell. It’s unlikely that the Rangers see Bell as an NHL regular and they already have their veteran depth d-man in the recently resigned Steve Eminger. Likely this move is for the Connecticut Whale who also have a plethora of defenseman on the roster.

It’s just speculation on our part, but we would assume that a move might be forthcoming that involves moving some defensive depth to obtain either a front line left-winger or perhaps, again this is just speculation, Shea Weber?

In the meantime however, Brendan Bell is now a member of the New York Rangers organization.

Here’s the official release:

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STANLEY CUP WISHES AND SHEA WEBER DREAMS

shea-weberName a New York Rangers’ fan anywhere that wouldn’t want to see a top defensive line of Shea Weber and Marc Staal?

With the Nashville Predators’ captain in a bit of a contract squabble at the moment, what would be more fun in the midst of summer than pretending to be Glen Sather and David Poile.

As I see it, from high atop the fantasy mountain, Glen Sather has plenty of depth in defense that he can bargain with.

Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer have emerged as true talented NHL defensemen. But coming up behind them is a literal plethora of defensive talent.

Tim Erixon appears to be a lock to play in the NHL. Michael Del Zotto is due to return to form. Pavel Valentenko, needs a bit more work on his positioning, but he’s poised to make the leap soon…by the way, if you haven’t seen him unload a shot from the point yet, we’re talking power in the Chris Pronger, Sheldon Souray, Zdeno Chara neighborhood.

Then there’s Dylan McIlrath coming up and will contend but is probably a year away. Mikhail Pashnin and Tomas Kundratek and Lee Baldwin had a very promising season in both Greenville and Hartford.

They could easily spare Dan Girardi, who they will have to give up just to start with to make the numbers work. They’ll also likely have to send Wojtek Wolski as well. But I would also give them Sauer and McDonagh and a draft pick.

For the Rangers it’s a steep price to pay, but with the kind of numbers that Weber is piling on and given that he is only 25-years of age and bound to get even better, I would be willing to surrender that much for a player that would likely elevate this team to Stanley Cup contenders and certainly among the Top Three best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Usually theoretical trade talk isn’t something we do on this site. Who would you give up to get Weber?

Now remember, Poile isn’t going to give up his team’s best player if he doesn’t think what he’s getting back isn’t going to either a) make his team better or b) get what he thinks is equal value.

So what do you think?

(photo courtesy of talkleafs.com)

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

And then there was one.

As expected, the New York Rangers signed veteran defenseman Steve Eminger to a one-year $800,000 contract on Monday, leaving unrestricted free agent right wing Ryan Callahan as the only player that the NHL team needs to get in the fold.

Eminger, 27, proved a valuable commodity working with the young Rangers defense last season when he had two goals, four assists and 101 blocked shots, third on the team, in 65 games while playing both the left and right side. The new contract for the only Rangers defenseman to play in more than 400 NHL games is a good fit and good value for Eminger, who just completed the two-year, $2.25 million deal he signed with Anaheim before the Ducks traded him to the Rangers last summer. The new contract is another good move by Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather and in line with Eminger being the No. 5, 6 or 7 defenseman for coach John Tortorella.

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