Rangers Rumors & News
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Some news and notes from the Rangers in the wake of yesterday’s trade deadline, courtesy of Steve Zipay in Newsday.

Even with a struggling offense, the Rangers simply weren’t in the hunt to rent free agents such as Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk and Ryan Smyth as yesterday’s trade deadline approached.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

“The prices were so ridiculous,” assistant general manager Don Maloney said after the front office refused to part with prized prospects for veterans. “The deals we made, [swapping Aaron Ward for Bruins defenseman Paul Mara and Pascal Dupuis for Atlanta prospect Alex Bourret], hopefully made us a little younger, a little better, especially long-term. It was a good day for us.”

Mara, 27, who is expected to play against the Penguins, was held up by flight delays and arrived at the beginning of the third period. “I was shocked at first [when hearing about the trade],” said Mara, who was born in Ridgewood, N.J., but grew up in Boston watching the Rangers on TV. ” Brian Leetch was one of my idols growing up. He lives down the street in the summers and I skate with him. I always tried to emulate the way he played.” Like Leetch, Mara has a big shot from the point.

Jaromir Jagr on the report that he was being shopped at the deadline:

“Who would want me?” he asked. “I’m no good. I’m too expensive.”

Speaking of Jagr, the Bergen Record’s Dan Rosen has the captain’s thoughts on his feud with the departed Aaron Ward, and whether the dispute forced the front office’s hand:

“I don’t make the changes,” Jagr said before Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Montreal. “He was benched last game, and all of a sudden what happened [more than three] weeks ago came into the newspaper. That’s [expletive]. He brought it on, not me. I would never do that.”

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