Archive for May 5th, 2008

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Jagr: I’m Going To Play, I Don’t Know Where

Rangers Rumors & News

Coming into this season all Jaromir Jagr had to do to extend his current contract was to do what he had done both years with the Rangers, score 84 points.

When he didn’t it left people wondering how much he had left in him and some even openly speculated about his retirement.

“I don’t think I’m going to retire from hockey,” said Jagr after the game five loss to Pittsburgh. “I’m going to play somewhere, I don’t know where. I don’t want to make any decisions 30 minutes after we lost the hockey game.”

Five goals and 10 assists in just 10 games during the playoffs all while carrying the team offensively tends to give you lots of options. If Jagr accepts a deal agreeable to the Rangers (as in a large pay cut) he could stay in New York, but it has also been widely speculated that he could end up playing in Russia.

“I don’t think I’m in …

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers were supposed to be better than this. That’s the bottom line. GM Glen Sather added $86.75 million worth of talent up the middle in Chris Drury and Scott Gomez during the offseason and couldn’t find a winger to pair with either, let alone two. While Years 1 & 2 of the Rangers’ post-lockout revival have to considered resounding successes, Year 3 can’t be described as anything but a failure, and a step-backwards for a franchise that has yet to prove it knows exactly where it’s headed.

The Rangers gave their home fans one last excuse to cheer during a gutty Game 4 performance. I guess that’s something. Of course, it’d be even nicer had the team made if off the bus for Game 5. Or was that really a Grade-A effort on Sunday afternoon?

Is it possible we never even saw the Rangers’ ‘A’ game this postseason? Or was this just a ‘B’ squad to begin with?

Road woes. As the regular season wound down, …

Where will Kenny Phillips fit in?

Giants Rumors & News

With rookie mini-camp this week (Friday and Saturday) it is still all about the newcomers for the Giants this week.

So let’s take a more in-depth look at each of the Giants’ draft choices, how they affect the roster and how much playing time we can expect them to get.

Today, we will look at No. 1 pick Kenny Phillips.

The Miami safety was thought by most to be the best safety in the draft, and he figures to challenge for playing time right away.

My guess is that veteran Sammy Knight, signed to replace the departed Gibril Wilson, gets one safety slot.

We have talked about it a little before, but I think Phillips will eventually push the just-adequate James Butler out of the way for the other slot.

Argue if you want about strong and free safety — that doesn’t interest me. What does interest me is getting the two best players on the field.

Oddly, Phillips’ presence doesn’t really put anyone’s roster spot in jeopardy. The Giants had only three safeties — Knight, Butler and Michael …

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