Why would it be a bad thing to give the guy a look. If he comes over here and scores 30 goals or something you'll swallow your words. It's not likely sure, but what do we have to lose... our stanley cup run?
What I heard and all I wrote was that Jan authorized his agent to pursue talks with NYR. I have ZERO idea how receptive the Rangers are to negotiating or whether Marek would accept a two-way deal.
As I reported weeks ago, Margaret Hurley relayed a question about Prucha and Marek to Tom Renney at one of those subscriber appreciation events and Hurley quoted Renney as saying that Prucha is likely to come over before Marek would.
The interpretation of that is ambiguous. Without being there myself, one cannot say whether Renney was being polite in hinting that Marek is off the radar after his production dwindled last season, or whether it was Marek's choice not to go to Hartford for less than he could make in Prague.
The previous negotiation failed because Marek stood to make much more with Sparta than he did in Hartford.
Keep in mind people that you cannot simply look at the back of Marek's trading card and label him washed. It's more than just a case of smaller numbers.
His ice time plummeted last season because Sparta hired Nedved and a bunch of other NHL veterans and played them way more than Marek who used to be on the top line.
However, with Prucha signed and Glen Sather quickly running out of options to fill out the squad, it's possible Marek might be attractive to bring to training camp for a look-see.