Archive for August 1st, 2007

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Rangers Retain Hossa

Rangers Rumors & News

Rangers Retain Hossa: “After realizing what a mess arbitration can be the New York Rangers and Marcel Hossa announced they have reached an agreement on a one-year $780,000 deal according to the team’s website.

The Slovakian and the team avoided an arbitration hearing which was set for this Thursday. Hossa was the last of the restricted free-agents the Blue Shirts needed to sign assuming the team agrees to the result of Sean Avery’s arbitration hearing.

The 25-year old Hossa reached a career high 18 points last season and was key during the stretch run scoring 13 of his points in his final 15 games. He played a vital roll during the shootout leading the team with 3 decisive game winners. The most notable came against the New Jersey Devils and Martin Brodeur on January 2nd. In the playoffs last season he had a pair of goals and assists and played strong all around hockey managing a plus-five rating in 10 games.

Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadians in the first round of the 2000 draft …

After Missing Out On Gagne Yanks Should Turn to Youth

Yankees Rumors & News

After Missing Out On Gagne Yanks Should Turn to Youth: “At today’s trade deadline it was the Red Sox and not the Yankees who made the biggest splash by acquiring former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne.

This was not the worst or non-move of the day for a team struggling to find bullpen help. If the Yankees were serious about improving their bullpen a single rental player wouldn’t provide much help to a pen which is in dire need of a complete overhaul anyway.

The move or non-move that hurt the Yankees the most was their failure to trade away Kyle Farnsworth, Brian Bruney, and Mike Myers along with Scott Proctor who was pawned off to Los Angeles for a utility infielder. These guys make up a bullpen which barely strikes out anyone and walks everyone.

On top of their struggles the Yankees have a crop of younger players in their minor league system who are practically being held hostage: Chris Britton, Edwar Ramirez, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy. With the departure of Proctor it …

Jets camp report from Tuesday

Jets Rumors & News

Former seven-time NFC pro bowler Lomas Brown is at camp working with D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

Via reporter Jeff Weinstein from the New York Jets website:

“He’s a good person to really learn from, given the fact that he was a similar position,” said Ferguson. “You even watch him on tape, how fluid he is and the types of technique he uses, it’s great as a young player. You can look at that and say, ‘Hey, this is a guy who’s done it. Let me try to pattern myself after him.”

An interesting quote from Eric Mangini on the New York Jets website on the importance of keeping Pete Kendall happy:

“I think there’s a lot of good players in the locker room. There’s a lot of good leaders. Mike [Tannenbaum] and I focus on doing what’s best for the New York Jets, and that’s what we’re always focused on. Each situation is unique.”

This possibly in response to a quote by Kendall in an article by Mark Canizzaro of the New York Post:

“I won’t be here,’’ Kendall said. …

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