The Edmonton Oilers have placed defenseman Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers today. The Rangers have long been speculated to be interested in him and even sent scouts to watch him play two games in Hershey a few weeks ago. Oilers president Kevin Lowe claimed he would only place Souray on re-entry waivers if another team informed him that they intended to pick him up. Before Rangers fans begin to panic, though, TSN’s Bob Mckenzie insists no specific GM contacted Lowe and that he simply changed his mind. Lowe apparently is trying to bank on the multiple teams who are in great need of a defenseman. Though the Rangers shut down their interest after scouts gave unfavorable views upon watching him, you have to wonder if Sather is desperate enough to pull the trigger on Souray anyway, given the powerplay’s inability to produce along with the obvious need for a veteran defenseman. Still, I wouldn’t bet on Souray becoming a Rangers, though I would hardly be completely thrown off guard if Sather does end up making a claim. Any team that does claim Souray will only absorb half of his cap hit, or 2.7 million, for the rest of the season.
Eric Brewer- Eric Brewer is another name you can cross of your list for potential Rangers acquisitions. The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Brewer from St. Louis yesterday in exchange for a 3rd round pick and defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom (yes, son of Jeff). I’m a bit dissapointed by this because Brewer is the quintessential veteran defenseman and would at least add a bit more offensive to defense, if not the power play as a whole. A 3rd rounder and Beukeboom (a third round selection in last year’s draft) are by no means throwaways but losing them is not at all a significant blow to Tampa Bay’s prospect pool. I would have been satisfied with moving Ryan Bourque and a 3rd rounder for Brewer.
Ian White- When White was pulled from Carolina’s practice two days ago the Rangers were viewed as a potential target team. However, White was shipped to San Jose in return for a 2nd round draft pick. I do not like White as much as Brewer, but he too would have been a decent addition. Not sure I would have been happy with giving away a 2nd round pick for him, though.
Blues/Avalanche trade- Finally, in a trade that has little effect on the Rangers but rocked the NHL as a whole, the Blues shipped former first overall selection Erik Johnson, center Jay McClement, and a 1st round selection to Colorado in return for winger Chris Stewart, rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and a 2nd round selection. Not only is this a blockbuster trade but it is one that nobody saw coming. There were rumblings of the Blues possibly taking offers on Johnson but I don’t think anybody saw a trade of this magnitude coming, especially so quickly. Bleedin’ Blue, the Blues blog on Fansided, has a solid analysis of how this trade looks from the Blues’ perspective.
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