Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ranger UFA's (or is it Ranger UFO's?)

We've been talking about the Rangers RFAs (Restricted Free Agents) quite a bit the last two weeks.

But we have not talked much about our UFAs (Unrestricted Free Agents). On July 1st the UFAs (which include Mara, Morris, and Betts) gained the right to make a deal with any NHL team they choose. This means those players aren't really Rangers any more:

  • They can talk to any previously Unidentified team they want to.
  • They can start Flying out the door to the team they sign with.
  • And unlike RFAs - where the Rangers can "match and snatch" the players offer - in this case the player can leave and the Rangers have no right to Object.

And so they are UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) as much they are UFAs. And like UFOs, they may be sighted on un-updated Ranger roster lists on the web - but from a Ranger standpoint, do they really exist?

We've mentioned before that Blair Betts, who we really like, is probably gone. Sather recently spoke about Betts possibly ending up in Edmonton - where an assistant coach named Renny seems to like him.

As for Mara and Morris - Sather had one ominous statement. When asked about the defense, Glen said we were going "in another direction". So for Morris and Mara - most probably that "direction" will be to mysteriously disappear off the roster and into the night never to be seen again.

Sort of like a UFO.

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