Archive for January 24th, 2008

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Mystery Of the Missing Marek Malik

Rangers Rumors & News

Via Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report:

The often-maligned [Marek Malik] not only didn’t skate today, but his equipment wasn’t hanging in his locker (although his practice jersey was still hanging and pictures of his two sons were still taped to the wall). When asked where he was, Tom Renney would only say it was “internal matter.”

Renney wouldn’t say whether Malik was suspended, and when I asked whether Malik was being moved, Renney said, “No. He’s a Ranger, and it’s just an internal issue right now.”

Of course, being a Ranger now doesn’t mean he’s a Ranger in a few hours when a deal is completed. Or it could mean that he’s been waived. But that’s only speculation at this point.

For what it’s worth Malik has been scratched four of the last nine games, is set to make $2.5 million this season, and is a UFA at season’s end.

You might recall a few weeks back that the veteran lummox threw a hissy fit in the locker room when informed he’d be a healthy …

Osi needs to pipe down, play better

Giants Rumors & News

I love Osi Umenyiora, but let me be succinct. The self-proclaimed ‘Chief’ needs to shut the hell up.

Osi went on HBO’s Inside the NFL Wednesday night and accused New England left tackle Matt Light, whom he matches up against, of playing dirty.

From Ralph Vacchiano’s Blue Screen, here is part of the transcript.

Osi Umenyiora: “It was a good matchup the last time (between him and Light). I mean, I think I got him a couple of times, he also got me a couple of times. It was a war out there and to be honest with you, I’m not quite sure that he thought that he was going to see me again because of some of the things he did and said during that game. But, you know, unfortunately he does have to see me again.”

Bob Costas: “Trash talking is one thing. You seem to be implying that he made some dirty moves. Did something happen outside the pale?”

Osi Umenyiora: “He was doing a couple of things that you know …

Rangers Rumors & News

Brian Leetch will join Stanley Cup Champion teammates, Mark Messier and Mike Richter, in the rafters of Madison Square Garden as the Rangers are set to retire his No. 2 during a ceremony Thursday night.

“When we talk about what it means to be a New York Ranger, Brian Leetch is the player who exemplifies that model,” Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. “There is no higher honor to grant Brian than to have his number raised to the rafters of Madison Square Garden.”

Those lucky enough to be in attendance Thursday night are set to see the Rangers honor one of the key components which brought the Stanley Cup back to New York. In 1994, Leetch tied a career high scoring 23 goals during the regular season.

In the playoffs he played on an even higher level. While becoming the first American-born player to ever receive the Conn Smyth Trophy given to the MVP of the playoffs, Leetch scored 34 points in 23 games. The defenseman …

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