Anybody have a link or quote from the Brooks article discussing this? Just curious because I don't think I saw it.
If he did call it, good for him.
Sources have told The Post that under these circumstances, the Blueshirts intend to target both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury to fill the looming holes in the middle. Though both are expected to receive larger offers elsewhere - Gomez from the Kings, Oilers and Flyers; Drury from the Kings and Sharks, with the Avalanche also in play - both have expressed serious interest in coming to Broadway.
Though the competition will be intense, the Rangers will attempt to draw an inside straight by trying to convince both to join forces while leaving management maneuverability within the cap for an eventual ride down the Canyon of Heroes. How much less is the rub.
Folks around the league who presume Chris Drury will leave Buffalo to play in either L.A. or Colorado are overlooking the Big Moment Kid's lifelong desire to play the Big Stage on Broadway, and the reciprocal interest the Rangers' organization has in him.
The Rangers' Plan B in the event of a Nylander defection - a hypothetical the front office never envisioned even as Glen Sather knew he would need No. 92's agreement on the three-year, $11.25 million deal the GM struck preliminarily with since-fired agent Paul Theofanous - will be to try to convince Scott Gomez and Chris Drury to each accept less than they could get elsewhere to join forces on Broadway.
It won't be an easy trick to pull, not with ravenous hordes set to pounce on Gomez and Drury both, which is something Sather might want to seriously consider whenever it is he sits across the table from Nylander's new agent.
Is it true as we're hearing that the Rangers would target Russian winger Alexei Cherepanov with the third overall choice in Friday's Entry Draft if they succeed in prying it from Don Maloney's Coyotes?
Larry was pretty much on the money. I've always respected him for what he does. I think some of the outlandish stuff he comes up with are in part because of the nature of the paper he writes for, but he does seem to have some solid contacts. This isn't the first time he's been right.
And who knows, maybe some of the outlandish rumors he's shared in the past really were things that were discussed.
Last fall,Larry wrote the Rangers should sign Gomez to play with Jagr because he felt Gomez's speed would a better complement to Jagr than Nylander's style
Found it from January 3,2007
Make no mistake. It is irrefutable that the healing Rangers will need Gomez far more than New Jersey's first-line center will need them when he hits the open market on July 1.
In a league in which speed kills more than ever, Gomez is going to get his money, there's no doubt about that. Once Joe Thornton and Vincent Lecavalier signed multi-year deals in the summer of 2005 and Brad Richards signed his max-deal last summer, the class of centers of the Class of '07 was guaranteed to enter a seller's market.
And Gomez, who turned 27 just 10 days ago and will be entering the prime years of a career that began in 1999-2000, is going to be the prime pivot up for auction. If Marc Savard - two years older with a history of attitude issues and who had never played a playoff game - got $20M over four years last summer from the Bruins, the bidding will start at five years and $30M on the two-time Cup-winning Gomez.