Monday, July 27, 2009

Stan Fischler On Kessel, Heatley, Young D-Men...

This guy is great. Between him, Sam Rosen, and Al Trautwig, watching the Rangers play is just a fantastic experience in my opinion. They are all very kind, informative personalities. Anyway, heres a response of his posted today.


The Maven Responds (7/27)

New blood headed to Rangers?

Tagged as: NHL , New York Rangers , The Maven Responds

Nick: Hey Stan, with the Bruins signing Derek Morris and getting really close to the the cap, what do you think the chances are that they will leave Phil Kessel out there on the market. Also, do you think Glen Sather is exploring all options to try and bring Kessel to New York in any way possible (trade, RFA signing, etc.)?

The Maven Responds: Dear Nick – My sense is that the Bruins will try to keep Kessel ON THEIR TERMS; ergo cheaper than Kessel's camp would like. Of course, it is possible for Sather to trade for Kessel, but it comes down to what demands Boston would impose for a deal. Sather, like all general managers, always explores all options to improve the team.

Bill: While the Rangers have a lot of young, potential talent on the blueline, how often and successful has a team started a season with two or possibly three defensemen with no previous NHL experience?

The Maven Responds: Dear Bill – During the 1946-47 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs boasted three rookie defensemen; Gus Mortson, Jim Thomson and Bill Barilko. They won the Stanley Cup in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951 with that core. Barilko scored the Cup-winning overtime goal against Montreal in 1951.

Kyle: Hey Stan! Just wondering if there is any chance of Dany Heatley donning the Rangers sweater next season? Thanks Maven! All the best, Kyle.

The Maven Responds: Dear Kyle – There IS a chance that the Rangers will get Heatley, but it is a very, very, very remote one. Ottawa's GM Bryan Murray is backed into a corner now. He would have trouble bringing Heatley back to the Senators, but few teams want him and Heatley does not want Edmonton; unless all else fails. Should Murray bring his asking price way, way down, Glen Sather might be tempted to go for Dany. It remains a long-shot.

The Maven

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