Checking In From AZ

Enjoying the dry 113 degree heat here in Phoenix for the week but just wanted to check in on what’s happening (or more accurately not happening) back in New York….

Slow week for the Rangers as the only thing on the horizon is the Nik Zherdev arbitration on Friday. I am a little surprised there has been no news on Brandon Dubinsky as of yet but that will probably get done after the Zherdev ruling comes down and the Rangers figure out their cap situation should they walk away from the ruling as expected.

Congrats to former Ranger Tony Amonte on being elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and to Rangers prospects Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Ryan Bourque on being selected to play for the U.S. Under 20 squad in the upcoming four game series against Russia’s U-20 team in Lake Placid.

In Free Agent news, Tampa Bay has bought out the contract of winger Vinny Prospal and some reports are that the Rangers may be interested in the veteran winger , who is coming off a disappointing season (19 goals , 45 points, -20 rating in 82 games) and played for John Tortorella in TB, if the price is right.

If anything is announced or any news breaks, we’ll have it for you here.

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