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Personally I'm sick of his shit, while I do agree with Shanahan that he doesn't get the calls that he should, I'm fed up with this "I won't go out there for the shoot out!!!" bullshit.


My thoughts, no REAL Captian would be pulling any of this shit...... Messier never would have.


Jagr could go for the right offer.


Rangers GM Glen Sather is said to have told potential trading partners that he'd consider trading Jaromir Jagr if presented an offer that "knocked him out." A short-notice deal for Jagr would be difficult to engineer. It seems unlikely anyone would be willing to take on the 35-year-old now 15 years from his last Stanley Cup.

-- New York Post


The Rangers weren't planning on making any blockbuster moves to beat today's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline. But they might have to make a minor move to promote locker room harmony as the public airing of a month-old bench shouting match has Jaromir Jagr ticked. That there is tension between defenseman Aaron Ward and Jagr is clear.

-- New York Post


The invitation to bid on Jaromir Jagr is believed to have been extended to at least one Western Conference team. One piece of speculation suggested he might be an even exchange for Florida's Todd Bertuzzi, who has yet to play this season.

-- New York Post


We'll be better off without him.

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Arron Ward traded for Paul Mara.




Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Paul Mara from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward.


Mara, 27, has appeared in 59 games with the Boston Bruins this season, registering three goals and 15 assists for 18 points, along with 95 penalty minutes. His 95 penalty minutes currently rank second on the Bruins, while his 18 points rank second among team defensemen. In addition, Mara has recorded four multi-point games and posted a season-high four-game assist streak from November 4 to November 11, tallying six assists over the span.


In 2005-06, he collected 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points, along with 70 penalty minutes in 78 games with the Phoenix Coyotes. While establishing career-highs in goals (15), power play goals (eight) and points (47), Mara led the Phoenix Coyotes’ defensive corps in goals, power play goals, assists, points, and shots on goal (157). His 15 goals were the most by a Phoenix defenseman since 1992-93 (Fredrik Olausson, 16).


The 6-4, 219-pound defenseman has skated in 483 career NHL contests with the Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning, recording 55 goals and 141 assists for 196 points, along with 476 penalty minutes. Mara has also appeared in five career postseason contests, all with Phoenix in 2001-02.


In 2003-04, he established career-highs in games played (81) and assists (36), ranking sixth among all NHL defensemen in the category. He also participated in the NHL’s inaugural Young Stars Game, as part of the 2002 All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, recording three assists.


A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Mara was originally Tampa Bay’s first pick, seventh overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.


Ward, 34, appeared in 60 games with the Rangers this season, tallying three goals and 10 assists, along with 57 penalty minutes.


Great, so Ward can't kick any more pucks into our net..... wonderful.... this still doesn't solve the fact that Rachunek is killing us or the fact that our Captian is a toolbag. :brooding:

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One last minute deal, Rangers acquire Bourret from Thrashers.


New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Alex Bourret from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for left wing Pascal Dupuis and a third round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.


Bourret, 20, has appeared in 45 games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points, along with a plus-three rating and 46 penalty minutes. In his first professional season, Bourret currently ranks eighth on the Wolves in scoring with 32 points.


"Alex is a high level prospect we are very excited about adding to our organization," said Rangers Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager Don Maloney. " We had him rated very highly at the 2005 draft and had we not traded up to get Marc Staal, he likely would have been our selection."


Prior to turning professional, the 5-11, 205-pound forward skated in 258 career games with Shawinigan, Lewiston and Sherbrooke of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2002-2006, recording 110 goals and 181 assists for 291 points, along with 472 penalty minutes. Last season, Bourret collected 114 points (44 goals and 70 assists) and 133 penalty minutes in 67 games with Shawinigan (QMJHL).


Among QMJHL leaders, he tied for second in game-winning goals (10), tied for sixth in shorthanded goals (five), ranked seventh in assists (70), eighth in points (114), tied for eighth in power play goals (23), and tied for 12th in goals (44). In addition, the QMJHL Second-Team All-Star recorded seven points (three goals and four assists) in seven postseason contests with Shawinigan.


"Alex skates well and plays with an edge and had good offensive upside," said Maloney. "We are thrilled to add a prospect of this caliber to the organization."


In 2004-05, Bourret led the Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL) and ranked seventh in the QMJHL in scoring with 86 points (31 goals and 55 assists) in 65 games.


A native of Drummondville, Quebec, Bourret was originally a first round selection of the Atlanta Thrashers, 16th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.


The NHL’s Central Scouting report states, "Very good skater .... Strong on skates … Carries puck with poise and confidence, and can go end-to-end … Smart and creative … Speed and tenacious forechecking causes turnovers and scoring chances for his team … Hard to contain one-on-one … Plays in all game situations … Has edge to game, and is determined and involved in play at all times."


Dupuis, 27, appeared in 54 games with the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers this season, tallying 11 goals and three assists, along with 38 penalty minutes.


We'll see if this kid has any talent, I'm thinking if they would have selected this kid instead of Staal it might have proved to be an even bigger potential bust (I'm not calling Staal a bust........ yet. The fact that both his older and younger brother are both thriving in the NHL now while he languishes in juniors is starting to bother me seriously.), I doubt that he will play before the end of the season barring a rash of injuries a mile long.

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