Rangers trade Casey Wellman to Florida; Shane Doan visiting New York

There are two bits of news today, which is rare for late July. The first is that the Rangers have traded forward Casey Wellman to the Florida Panthers for a fifth round pick in the 2014 draft. Wellman was initially acquired with a conditional seventh round pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Erik Christensen. In the end, the Rangers essentially dealt Christensen for two draft picks, which is a solid return for a waiver-wire pickup.

Also, the bigger news of the day is that Shane Doan is indeed in New York visiting the team.  He is meeting with management to work on a deal that could potentially bring the winger to Broadway, assuming he doesn’t stay in Phoenix. This is likely just another step in the process of Doan exploring all of his options. He won’t make a decision any time soon, but it’s good to know the Rangers are at least doing what they need to do to woo him.

Admin notes: No chat today

Sorry for the short notice folks, but there will not be a weekly chat today. Cover It Live, which used to be a free service, decided to begin charging a monthly fee based on “clicks” into the chat. Without going into the detail of how this is priced, the only reasonable option gave us 500 or so clicks per month. We reached that within two chats, so we will be holding off on another chat until one of the following happens:

1. We find a more effective way of managing our chats with our click limits.
2. CiL decides to lower its prices.
3. Someone presents us with a better option than CiL.

Sorry folks, this one is out of our control.

The Greatest European Rangers

We’ve entered the dog days of the hockey calendar so there’s no better time to start discussing some of the best players in the Rangers long history. With that said, being ‘stuck’ here in the UK I thought I’d discuss the best European Rangers of all time.

What helps classify a player as an all time great for the franchise; Production? Tangible success? Longevity? Breaking down the best of the best in a series of posts, there’s a host of players worthy of discussion.

Jaromir Jagr

Some people may think Jagr doesn’t deserve to be considered as the best European Ranger of all time because his time with the franchise was relatively brief and team success was minimal but Jagr almost single handidly brought a once proud franchise off its knees and back to respectability. Jagr played on some patch work Ranger teams that were lacking in the skill department but was still able to rack up a 123 point season followed up with a 96 point effort.

Jagr had the best season offensively in the franchise’s history and was at times unplayable as a Ranger. His historic 123 point season saw him win the Lester B Pearson award, the first major individual award in many years for a Ranger. Accumulating 319 points in just 277 games as a Ranger, Jagr bounced back from an underwhelming spell in Washington in emphatic style and also goes down as perhaps the biggest (trade) steal in Rangers history. After Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, it can be argued that Jagr is the most talented player to have ever been a Ranger. He may not be the Best European Ranger ever, but he’s certainly one of them.

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