Archive for February 6th, 2007


Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Jets, Giants compete for Rhodes, Jones?

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

The Jets and Giants had wildly divergent seasons, yet find themselves with many of the same holes to fill this offseason. It has already been noted that both teams could bid for the services of Patriots’ cornerback Asante Samuel, however they will likely find themselves competing for talent at the running back position as well. The Jets patched together a running game by committee last season, and will likely be looking for more stability in the offseason. The Giants likewise will be seeking stability at the position with the retirement of Tiki Barber. Second-string back Brandon Jacobs could compete for the starter’s spot, but it’s unlikely the team will just hand him the job.

Enter Super Bowl stand-out Dominic Rhodes. Despite question marks surround the Colts’ running game following the departure of Edgerrin James, Indianapolis benefited from unexpected depth at the position with the strong play of Rhodes and rookie Joseph Addai. While Rhodes was Indy’s starter for all 16 regular season games, Addai started every …

Kicked to the curb

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Former Yankees’ and Mets’ pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre has joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as a special instructor after being turned away by the Yankees. According to the Daily News, Stottlemyre, 65, had hoped to join the Yanks in a similar capacity, but was told by GM Brian Cashman that the organization had to no position available. Says Stottlemyre, “I was a little surprised and disappointed, but I don’t have any hard feelings. I just decided I’d move on.” Hmmm, why does that sound familiar?

Jagr questionable

Rangers Rumors & News

Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr suffered a pulled hip flexor in the third period last night, and is questionable for tonight’s critical game between the Rangers and Devils. Another loss would put the Rangers’ losing streak at 4 as the playoffs become an increasingly unrealistic prospect for the Blueshirts.

Avery = All Class

Rangers Rumors & News

From the lips of Larry Brooks: Sean Avery “comes to the Big Town with both Elisha Cuthbert on his arm and a rather lengthy rap sheet on his resume.”

Avery is not a player renown for his character. During the 2005 preseason, he criticized Denis Gauthier, who is French-Canadian, for a bodycheck, calling it “typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back anything up.” During the regular season of that same year, Edmonton Oiler Georges Laraque, a Black Canadian, accused Avery of calling him a “monkey.” Avery also received a $1,000 fine for diving during the season, and an additional $1,000 fine for ripping the NHL a day later. Newsday recounts an amusing anecdote wherein Avery, upon spotting actor John Cusack near the bench, mocked the celebrity, shouting, “Hey Cusack, ‘Must Love Dogs?’ When are you going to make a man’s film again?”

As the …

Avery to the rescue

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers have acquired center Sean Avery from the LA Kings along with junior prospect John Seymour in exchange for winger Jason Ward, and prospects Marc-Andre Cliche and Jan Marek.

The 26-year-old is not the biggest player out there (5-11, 185 lbs), however he plays a cantakerous style that invariably puts him among the league’s leaders in penalty minutes. The Rangers’ lineup is short of gritty, physical players like Avery, and the team has been desperate to find a 2nd-line pivot all season; however, Avery has a reputation for being a controversial and unlikeable figure, and it remains to be seen how he will fit into the Rangers’ locker room.

Avery has 10 goals and 28 points in 55 games this season. He is a restricted free agent this summer.

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