Archive for August 22nd, 2007

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Peca Picks Columbus

Rangers Rumors & News

Peca Picks Columbus: “Michael Peca is on the verge of signing a one-year incentive laden deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets according to the Columbus Dispatch.

This is a move which ends speculation that the 33-year old center would be playing on Broadway during the upcoming season.

‘We had a deal in place with the Rangers for almost three weeks now,’ Peca said in the Columbus Dispatch. ‘It just doesn’t seem like the commitment has been there from the general manager (Glen Sather) to get it done.’

Peca was in New York last week in order to take a physical which supposedly would then lead to a contract offer, but an offer never came and while the Rangers waited, Columbus moved in.

‘Ever since we started talking with Columbus (Friday), (GM Scott Howson) has been very straightforward and very interested in getting something done. And so right now, that’s where our focus is, getting something done with Columbus.’

For the Rangers this is a move which is meant ‘To give our young guys a chance,’ a …

Giants: Eli calls out Tiki

Giants Rumors & News

Monday and Tuesday may have been the most important days of Eli Manning’s four-year career with the New York Giants.

That’s because the usually reserved Manning finally stood up and took on the biggest star, and the biggest mouth, around the Giants for the last several seasons. He took on Tiki Barber.

All I can say is ‘hooray!’ During halftime of Sunday’s Giants-Ravens exhibition game, the retired Barber, working for NBC, took Manning to task. He said Manning was uncomfortable trying to motivate and questioned whether he could “be a leader of men.”

Giants fans have wondered the same thing, but they don’t have to wonder anymore. Manning blistered Barber, first commenting Monday during an interview with ESPN Radio 1050 in New York.

“I don’t always believe everything Tiki says. I feel very comfortable. And I saw the [halftime show] last night and it seemed very rehearsed, kind of like his pregame speeches in a way,” Manning said. “I feel confident in what I’m doing in getting the team ready. And if you ask any of the players …

Peca Waiting for Rangers Decision

Rangers Rumors & News

Peca Waiting for Rangers Decision: “Michael Peca is interested in becoming a member of the New York Rangers, but has given the team a deadline by which they need to sign him otherwise he will consider other offers.

Peca traveled to New York City last week to take a physical with the team and it appears that, if he passed, an offer would follow. However Blueshirts’ GM Glen Sather was unavailable for negotiations over the weekend according to the NY Post.

‘We’re probably going to force the issue by (today). If I can’t reach him (today), we’ll just go our separate way,’ Peca’s agent Don Meehan told the NY Daily News. ‘I’ve tried to reach him (yesterday and Sunday) and can’t. And I’m working with time constraints now. I’ve got to find out where he stands.’

The two-time Selke Trophy winner certainly has interest in coming into New York.

‘Obviously, over the last few years they’ve added some players that can contribute to a pretty good squad. I think anybody on the outside would …

Jets pre-season Game #3 more meaningless than usual

Jets Rumors & News

Typically pre-season game #3 is the one to watch. It used to be in this game that the starters almost always played until halftime and sometimes even started the 3rd quarter depending on their performance.

In today’s NFL, most starters rarely play past the second series in all but the third pre-season game. In the third game they might play until halftime but usually always play into the second quarter (knowing in game #4 they might not even suit up).

The Jets play the Giants in pre-season game #3 this week and normally it would be the one pre-season game to attend or watch most of, not because of the rivalry, but because of the starters playing most of the first half. Not this week.

As if the pre-season games couldn’t get any more boring, this annual pre-season matchup pits two regular-season opponents against one another. So in what would normally be a game when you would see the starters playing longer and implementing regular season plays and strategies, you will instead see a “pretend” pre-season game.

Sure, they’ll …

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