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Tawnos 07-31-2005 07:14 PM

Rangers qualify all RFAs except Blackburn
 
Didn't see this anywhere on here, so here it is:

Quote:

Sather, who is in Ottawa for today's draft, said all of the team's restricted free agents have been given qualifying offers except for goaltender Dan Blackburn, who missed all of the 2003-04 season with a devastating shoulder injury. Without full range of motion in his left (catching) shoulder, Blackburn tried to play in the minor leagues last season using two blocking gloves, rather than a blocker and a catching glove.
http://www.nj.com/rangers/ledger/ind...050.xml&coll=1

ChrisKreider20 07-31-2005 08:04 PM

It's really too bad to see Dan go like that. Maybe he can sign with a ECHL team and see if he can somehow partially recover.

Radek27 07-31-2005 08:13 PM

Man this stinks. :(


I hope someone gives him a shot. His age should still make him attractive to other teams looking for some depth in goal.

SingnBluesOnBroadway 07-31-2005 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Radek27
Man this stinks. :(


I hope someone gives him a shot. His age should still make him attractive to other teams looking for some depth in goal.

The only problem is his body is much older than he is.

Evgeny Oliker 07-31-2005 11:11 PM

k
 
I still DON'T understand why we could not at least qualify him??? He was not going to earn a lot if signed...yet now he becomes a UFA and I am sure some team WILL take a chance on him...

This makes no sense

Onion Boy 07-31-2005 11:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2forsbergaura1
I still DON'T understand why we could not at least qualify him??? He was not going to earn a lot if signed...

Does anyone know how it would've cost ot qualify him? If he was making the rookie max then it would actually cost quite a bit. 850k may not sound like a lot, but in an age of cost certainty it's probably better to save that money.

Block More Shots 07-31-2005 11:21 PM

Kinda pisses me off...I think he could've been something if given another shot. He's one of my favorite players on the Rangers. Sucks to see him go...

Fire Sather 07-31-2005 11:27 PM

What a shame.. he could have been so good.

broadwayblue 07-31-2005 11:27 PM

Blackburn is done. I can't blame the team for not wanting to spend over 2% of our cap money (assuming an 850k hit) on a guy who hasn't recoved from an injury he suffered 3 years ago. I wish him the best of luck...hopefully he can have a career somewhere. But his days with the Rangers were pretty much over when we drafted Montoya last year.

NYRangers 07-31-2005 11:30 PM

nevermind

BigE 07-31-2005 11:30 PM

Well his salary including the 24% rollback would have been less than $1,000,000 and thus entitled him to the traditional 110% qualifying offer. He was a first rounder from 2001, which probably put him around the $1,000,000 range. So I'm guessing when all is said and done $800,000 - roughly - for a qualifying offer.

Blackjack 07-31-2005 11:33 PM

Sad. Blackburn had a very bright future. The Rangers didn't have much of a decision to make, you can't possibly spend cap money on a player that can't produce.

Just a terrible way to see a young player's career all but end. I hope he can somehow resurrect his career, but it just seems very unlikely.

ChrisKreider20 07-31-2005 11:39 PM

so how did he get injured again anyways?

Radek27 07-31-2005 11:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rancid
so how did he get injured again anyways?


During one of those rookie summer camps they told in Calgary. I think it was a shot taken that hit his shoulder that killed the nerve.

NYRangers 07-31-2005 11:59 PM

No, not at all. LOL

He hurt himself lifting weights.

neg marron 08-01-2005 01:39 AM

blackburn aka the albatrose
 
sure the kid had the franchise tag branded on him before he got injured but now he may never be a great talent again
maybe he can be traded for some future draft leverage besides he hasn't done anything substanstial yet in his pro hockey career to warrant him being untradeable

Barnaby 08-01-2005 01:59 AM

Noone is trading for a one-armed goalie.

Balej20* 08-01-2005 03:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barnaby
Noone is trading for a one-armed goalie.

lol

RangerBoy 08-01-2005 06:28 AM

Has this guy been paying any attention to Dan Blackburn's two year battle with his shoulder? :shakehead

eco's bones 08-01-2005 06:58 AM

It's just bad luck. It would be nice if the Rangers could find a spot for him in their
organization somewhere. He's a good kid.

patnyrnyg 08-01-2005 07:13 AM

He's done, he can play 11 more pro games then take the insurance money. Yes, he damaged a nerve lifting weights. Very rare, freak injury.

Levitate 08-01-2005 07:14 AM

actually that's kind of both right. he tweaked the shoulder at the summer calgary camp and then injured it more later lifting weights. or vice versa, i can't remember exactly. but it did actually invlove an injury during one of the prospect camps that was complicated by the weight lifting

Melrose_Jr. 08-01-2005 08:15 AM

Does anyone know for sure that the NHL would allow a goaltender to play with 2 blockers? Under the new equipment regs, seems like there is no room for devation from the established specs.

Evgeny Oliker 08-01-2005 08:37 AM

..
 
it would also be smart to note that probably a good reason for his injury was that the Rangers overplayed him at one point. I remember Blackburn starting in like 10-15 straight games...and that's partially what led to his injury. Overworking Richter is what led to Richter's concussion.

SingnBluesOnBroadway 08-01-2005 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2forsbergaura1
it would also be smart to note that probably a good reason for his injury was that the Rangers overplayed him at one point. I remember Blackburn starting in like 10-15 straight games...and that's partially what led to his injury. Overworking Richter is what led to Richter's concussion.


I didn't like the way the Rangers handled him either before the Dunham trade, but there is no indication that that stretch of games was related to this injury.


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