Muir: Rangers interested in Vernon Fiddler?

November 23, 2013, by

Per Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, the Rangers may have interested in Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler. Now we need to take this with a grain of salt, because despite the fact this is in SI, Muir gets some basic facts wrong. Yes, Connor Allen and Dylan McIlrath are intriguing prospects, but neither are ready to play a role on a team built to win a Cup. Also, he mentions Michael Del Zotto as a trade piece, but misses the ball on his contract status (Muir states MDZ is a pending UFA, when he’s a pending RFA). I completely misread the article. My bad.

But looking at Fiddler himself: a left handed center with 2-3-5 in 21 games, 45% CF%, 28.2% TotTm%QoC, and 39.9% O/D% Zone Starts (eliminates neutral zone starts from the equation), he’s not what the Rangers really need. He’s never cracked 32 points in a season.

The Rangers need a RHD and a right handed forward. I’ll file this under irresponsible rumormongering.


  1. Seahorse says:

    he called fiddler a UFA who’s contract does end this season. “will take more than the pending ufa to pry delzotto away.” it also sounds more like hes dismissing the rumor than promoting it

  2. SteveM says:

    Yeah I’ll pass

  3. Walt says:


  4. TxRanger says:

    therein lies the difference between professional analysts and amateur bloggers!

  5. Tim B says:

    A right handed forward for what? Scoring? Id personally work out forwards before signing them. Frolov ws inconsistent but i would not mind having him back. He would be cheap. But he would probably suck.

  6. FrankCerbone says:

    How about Pyatt & Pouliot for Def John Carlson & RW Tom Wilson of Washington?

    (Talk about irresponsible reporting-did someone also say that Washington was also prepared to throw their #1 pick in next year’s draft?)