The New York Rangers are one of the most interesting teams leading up to the trade deadline.
Today the Rangers claimed Mark Bell off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs
They are actively shopping Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Gomez has the most trade value but they prefer to move Drury. The Rangers have approached the Colorado Avalanche about forward Ryan Smyth. They haven’t moved on older veterans Keith Tkachuk or Bill Guerin to this point.
Word is John Tortorella wants management to add another puck-moving defensemen prior to the trade deadline. Rangers looking at Filip Kuba, Tomas Kaberle and Jordan Leopold.
As for the Penguins
wish I had something new to report but nothing major to report right now. Official offer has not been made yet to Colorado. Internal Discussions are on-going.
There are many higher-up’s involved within an organization when a team is having internal discussions about making a major move that would change the dynamics of the team for this season and the future. It’s not just Lemieux, Sawyer and Shero in these “internal discussions”. Going to be very interesting to see which direction the Penguins go from here
Sources believe Ryan Smyth would waive his NTC to Pittsburgh because of the presence of Mario Lemieux in the organization. Lemieux and Smyth played together in the Olympics and the World Cup. Smyth has a ton of respect for Lemieux so from everything I’ve been able to gather, the NTC won’t be an issue.
The Avalanche are looking to build down the middle again with losing Petr Forsberg and Joe Sakic. That appears to be their goal at the trade deadline. While Pittsburgh hasn’t made an official offer yet, it looks like the Avalanche could have the option of taking a younger player like Jordan Staal or a veteran like Chris Drury.
The Rangers and Penguins have also been in on Milan Hejduk but people in Denver continue to tell me he will not waive his NTC.
I keep hearing if Pittsburgh makes the offer that some think they will, the Penguins will receive more than just Smyth. Just throwing names out there (pure speculation) but Chris Stewart sort of fits the description I’m hearing. Looking at a young tough physical forward (cheap cap hit) who could play alongside Malkin and Sykora.