D-Men McCabe, Tyutin on Rangers radar Just passed the halfway mark, the New York Rangers (25-16-3, 53pts) have emerged as a surprising contender in the Atlantic Division. New York is just five points behind 2nd place Pittsburgh (27-14-4, 58ts) and six points behind first place Philadelphia (26-10-5, 57pts) Under head coach John Tortorella, the Rangers have emerged as one of the best defensive teams in the NHL, ranking 6th at 2.46 goals against per game. Tortorella has done an excellent job getting the most out of his squad that includes a young inexperience blueline but there’s no way around it that the Rangers lack the kind of fire power to in the long run, compete with the likes of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
The New York Rangers are active in trade talks trying to add scoring and trying to move one of their big salaries (Gomez, Drury, Redden, Rozsival. The Globe and Mail reports the Leafs are expressing interest in Wade Redden. There is talk that John Tortorella has his eye on Pavel Kubina but it makes little sense for the Leafs to acquire Redden who has five years remaining on his contract. Rangers/Heatley Rumors The Rangers have showed a strong interest in Senators forward Dany Heatley and are among the five teams that remain in the running. The Rangers have also inquired about Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo.