Thread: Umberger
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05-17-2004, 08:01 PM
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The one thing the rangers can do is out bid any team out there. He wont go to another big market team vs rangers because rangers will give him more opportunity to get NHL ice time. Pittsburgh wont have the $$. They are going to draft Malkin.
The IIHF agreement with the NHL has expired so the Penguins are going to have to cut a deal with the Russian team Malkin is under contract to. Plus they will have to pay Malkin. This wont leave enough money to compete with the Rangers. The Capitals will do the same thing with Ovechkin. I wouldnt be suprised if Sather and Brian Lawton already have a deal in place and are waiting for June 2 so the Rangers can get the pick. Umberger will be a Ranger. Nick Fotiu saw him in practice and said he was special and then backtracked so he wouldnt hurt the negotiations.
I believe there will be a lockout for at least a 1/2 a season which will give Umberger ample time to get the rust out of his game.

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