Rangers roster opens up

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Glen Sather pulled off a masterful move this past weekend by sending injured toughguy Darren Langdon and short term Ranger Rob Dimaio to Carolina for Sandy McCarthy and a conditional 4th round selection in 2001. On paper the move seems just by subtracting Langdon 6-0 205 and Dimaio 5 something and 1 something for McCarthy a 6-3 225 winger…but there is more to this move, a lot more. That “more” being the opening of a roster spot. McCarthy brings an element of toughness that the Rangers have lacked in recent years and an element of “pure mean” size that they have lacked since Barry Beck, Nick Fotiu and Ed Hospodar patroled the ice in the early 80`s. A conditional 4th rounder is some icing on the cake…but with protection for the masses, an open roster spot means new hope for the Ranger baby blue.

With talks surrounding the signing of Claude Lemeiux which will again cloud things we must enjoy the moments of hope that maybe, just maybe a Pavel Brendl, Jamie Lundmark or Chris Kenady will be able to play in New York next year… and maybe extra ice for Eric Lacroix, maybe can return to his 20 goal level of some years back.

Top Pre Season Candidates for Promotion:

Pavel Brendl: Brings loads of offensive ability…but also questions on his work ethic that he has worked this summer in dry land workouts to lose…
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Some New Blood For Devils Defense

by pbadmin
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After losing Vladimir Malakhov to free agency and Brad Bombardir to the expansion Wild, the New Jersey Devils have two openings on defense. They should have no problems filling those slots.

Veteran Ken Sutton certainly will be given a shot to stay with the big club for the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. Sutton, once voted the best defenseman in the American Hockey League, has been up and down between New Jersey and Albany over the past couple of seasons and would appear to be a seventh defenseman or insurance policy rather than a top six guy.

Willie Mitchell, the former Clarkson standout, can also be expected to make a run at a job in New Jersey. In his first full professional season Mitchell played solidly at Albany and also impressed the Devils in a two game stint in the NHL.

In July the Devils added to their defensive depth by signing Swedish rearguard Josef Boumedienne along with North Dakota defenseman Mike Commodore. Both will be watched closely by the Devils’ hierarchy at training camp in September.

Boumedienne, 6’1, 200 lbs., played for Tappara in the Finnish League over the past two seasons. New Jersey was so high on him that Boumedienne needed to be protected in June’s expansion draft after scoring 8 goals and 24 assists in 50 games last season.
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Fantasy Team in the Making

by Gordon Lee
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There are many factors that should be considered when constructing a fantasy team- talent, toughness, leadership among others. A team may have a lot of skill, but will fail if you don’t have a good chemistry.
A fantasy team should consist of a variety of players capable of performing the best at different tasks. Goal scorers will be needed to fill the nets, enforcers to stand up for their star players and checkers to stop the opposition’s top stars from scoring.
Now you know what makes up a great fantasy team, it is time to present the players I feel best fit this elite team.

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Peter Forsberg - Arguably the best all around player the league has to offer. Forsberg plays with grit and determination everynight, going into the corners doing the dirty work. He is a franchise player and one to build a team around. His soft hands are known best for his playmaking ability and highlight plays. Put his toughness and strength factor in his resume and you have a player feared by all. Forsberg’s consistency can be counted on night in and out. Along with his great offensive skills and emphasis on ‘D’, he is a can’t miss player.
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The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles designed to summarize activities in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Penny for your thoughts: The Maple Leafs plugged a gaping front office hole this week when the signing of former Vancouver Canucks executive Mike Penny was confirmed… Penny brings more than 20 years of NHL player personnel experience to the party, all of it within the Canucks’ organization… among the gems unearthed during Penny’s tenure in Vancouver were Mattias Ohlund, Pavel Bure, Petr Nedved and Trevor Linden… in Toronto, Mike will be responsible for overseeing all amateur and professional scouting activities… Penny is a seasoned hockey man who perfectly fills Toronto’s need for a proven talent “birddog” created when both Nick Beverley and Joe Yannetti left to join Mike Smith in the Windy City last month…
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