The theme of this week seems to be rumors about former Rangers in Europe possibly returning. After former Ranger Jarkko Immonen led the World Championships in points and helped Finland win a gold medal there was some discussion among Rangers fans about Immonen – why he didn’t work out here and if he’d be worth taking a second look at. Although Immonen left the Rangers organization to play in Finland in 2007, the Rangers still retain his rights. Well, turns out those fans who wanted Immonen to get another chance might just get their wish.
The Rangers begun their organizational meetings in California today, and Rangers Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld acknowledged that Immonen will be “part of the discussion.” Immonen, now 29, didn’t get much of a chance with the Rangers. In 20 games with the Rangers Immonen scored put up 20 points, but he was clearly no favorite of Tom Renney and fell behind in the depth charts rather quickly. Perhaps the Rangers think Immonen’s game is more matured now, and perhaps the skating that left management unimpressed before is now more adequate. The discussions about Immonen at the meeting might be as far as they go in even considering him, but the fact that Schoenfeld acknowledged that he’s on their discussion list is enough to make signing him plausible.