Sunday, July 5, 2009

Land of the (restricted) Free (agents)

Yesterday's post was supposed to go up at 8am - but do to a technical error by the Blueshirt Brother's IT staff (who were celebrating the 4th of July in an office party) the post didn't get here until Saturday night. Sorry to anyone who checked in and found a day old post sitting there - I know what a drag that can be.

Anyway, If you're back today - thank you - and take a look at the post below this one in case you missed it yesterday. And today, in honor of Independence day we'll take a moment to acknowledge our Ranger's who are citizens of the US of A. First the three of them who are RFA's from the USA.

They are:

  • Brandon Dubinsky - our 23 year old Center - born in Anchorage Alaska - 13 goals and 28 assists for 41 points last year. May get to center Gaborik's line next year. Restricted Free Agent

  • Ryan Callahan -Right wing - 24 years old - born in Rochester New York - 22 goals and 18 assists for 40 points last year. Restricted Free Agent
  • Chris Higgins - born in Smithtown New York - new acquisition in the miraculous Gomez trade - left winger - 3 time NHL 20+ goal scorer with good power play offensive skills. Restricted Free Agent

Hopefully we can keep these guys. Sather is working on it while you are barbecuing burgers on the backyard grill. And here are the non-free agents American Born Rangers:

  • Coach John Tortorella - the only US-born coach to ever win the Stanley Cup.

  • Chris Drury - 33 year old center - born in Trumbull Connecticut - 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 points last year. Also may get to center for Gaborik - and made the first phone call to Gaborik on the Ranger's behalf on July first that got the puck rolling for his acquisition.

  • Donald Brashear. 37 year old thug - born in Bedford Indiana - broke Blair Bett's face last year - ending the Ranger's Playoff run - Rangers rewarded him with a 2 year contract - holds a lifetime NHL plus-minus of -84. (Why is he on this team?)

Enjoy your the rest of your 4th of July weekend. We'll see you Monday morning

Pucks - out!

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