Archive for February 3rd, 2007

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Rangers have void in the middle

Rangers Rumors & News

It’s been well documented that the Rangers are desperate for a 2nd line center. While the recently productive trio of Matt Cullen, Petr Prucha, and Jed Ortmeyer finally seems to have given the Blueshirts a stable third line to go along with the #1 line of Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, and Michael Nylander, they continue to struggle to find a reliable pivot to pair with team leader and All-Star winger Brendan Shanahan. Lately, Shanahan’s been playing on a line with Blair Betts and Marcel Hossa – two players better suited for a 3rd or 4th line role.

On his blog, Rangers Report, Journal News reporter Sam Weinman addresses the Rangers search for a center, and the impact such a move could have on the roster:

“The ‘Bring Up Ryan Callahan’ campaign has moved well beyond the grassroots level, and my guess is given how the young wing is lighting up the AHL, the Rangers want to make it happen. The problem is two-fold: the Rangers have to clear a roster space, and their …

What could have been: Lamenting Ariza

Knicks Rumors & News

Things have not been all bad for the Knicks and Isiah Thomas this season. As pointed out here on HSNY earlier this month, there have even been rumblings of support for Isiah, while even the local media has begun to acknowledge that Zeke could save his job based on the improvement of Eddy Curry alone.

But let’s not be too hasty. If Howard Beck of the New York Times is right, Larry Brown could have the last laugh yet, and ironically, Thomas’s undoing could be a move that was only partly his doing in the first place. While trades for Eddy Curry, Quentin Richardson, and even Stephon Marbury to a certain extent, are beginning to pay dividends for New York, the Knicks game against the Orlando Magic tomorrow night serves as a reminder of the deal that could come back to haunt them. The trade of young Trevor Ariza and the expiring contract of Penny Hardaway in exchange for Steve Francis has been an utter disaster …

Curry pays for Zeke’s rep

Knicks Rumors & News

Last night on the TNT network, Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson addressed the exclusion of Knicks center Eddy Curry from the recently announced list of All-Star reserves. While “snub” may be a strong word to use considering Curry was beat out by deserving candidates Jermaine O’Neal and Dwight Howard, it’s inexplicable that Curry – averaging 19.7 points per game and 7 rebounds per game this season – did not even crack the top seven. While starters for the All-Star game are voted on by the fans, All-Star reserves are selected by league coaches, and according to Magic, the slight on Curry may have less to do with the player’s game and everything to do with a league-wide distaste for Knicks coach and fellow Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas.

In particular, Magic feels that friends and allies of ex-coach Larry Brown may have influenced the voting in the wake of the very public feud between Zeke and Brown. Says Magic, “That’s a lot (of the coaches) saying to Isiah (Thomas), ‘That’s my boy you …

Chrebet still suffering

Jets Rumors & News

Jets fans will be disheartened to hear that former Jet Wayne Chrebet is still suffering from post-concussion symptoms, over one year after the November 2nd concussion that finally forced the 33-year-old wide receiver into retirement. The Bergen Record reports that in a recent interview, Chrebet acknowledged that he’s increasingly scared by his lack of improvement, and does not wish to confront the possibility that the symptoms are something he may have to deal with for years to come. Says Chrebet, “hopefully in the near future, these things subside and no one needs to know about them because they’re going away.”

Chrebet played 11 seasons for the Jets and was a fan favorite. Born in New Jersey, Chrebet attended Long Island’s Hofstra University, which also served as the Jets’ training facility from 1974 until this passed season. Due to his undersized 5’10” stature, the hometown kid went undrafted, joining the Jets in 1995 as a free agent, and instantly became a fan favorite for his underdog persona, …

Jets didn’t tamper with Branch

Jets Rumors & News

Fans may remember that prior to the start of the season, the Jets very nearly acquired New England Patriots holdout Deion Branch before the Pats eventually traded the former Super Bowl MVP to the Seattle Seahawks. At the time, New England contended that while they had given the Jets permission to negotiate the terms of a contract with Branch, they violated the agreement by discussing dollar figures with the wide receiver. Well the AP reports that last night NFL Commissioner Goodell cleared the Jets of all tampering charges. Add one more chapter to the growing Jets-Pats rivalry.

Big Blue Briggs?

Giants Rumors & News

Yesterday and today, the Newark Star Ledger has been fanning the rumor that Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs could join the Giants as a free agent this offseason, reuniting with former Arizona teammate Antonio Pierce. Pierce has certainly been campaigning to see his pale in Giants blue, but there are many factors at play – one being Briggs’ upcoming appearance in the Super Bowl, and another being the possibility that the Bears could designate Briggs with the franchise tag, thereby retaining the player’s services for the average rate of the top five salaries at the linebacker position.

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