Found December 12, 2012 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Connecting the dots. I’m not one to speculate, I’m just one to use logical reasoning to come to a conclusion. Unfortunately in this post, my logical reasoning is leading to speculation, so take this with a grain of salt. Earlier this morning, Adam Rotter at SNYRangersBlog picked up this little tidbit from the Kalpa website noting that Derek Stepan has returned to the US, stating that Stepan was confident that a season would begin soon. With Stepan’s return to the US, all –well, I believe all– Ranger roster players who were overseas have returned to the US. Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto returned last week, and Carl Hagelin and Ryan McDonagh have been home for a while. While Hagelin and McDonagh returned for injury reasons last month, the returns of Nash and Del Zotto with “minor injuries that needed US medical attention” were a bit confusing. After all, Nash stayed with Davos when he bruised his shoulder earlier this year, so why wouldn’t he stay with them if this groin issue was minor as well? Using my keen sense of logical reasoning , with keen being loosely defined, it is safe to assume that they may have sensed that the season was set to begin soon. Even Kalpa acknowledged that Stepan left because he believes the season is starting. Couple this with renewed negotiations today at 11am in a “super secret location that is so secret that if they told us where it was they would shoot us”, and we have a situation where we can connect the dots. Let’s go ahead and connect these dots: They are close to a deal. They are so close to a deal you can taste it. There is a super secret meeting today. All Rangers are back from Europe and in the New York area (or with Connecticut). I believe in coincidences, but there these are three things that are too much to write off as coincidence. My own speculation is that something big is coming, and the Rangers players were either instructed –indirectly of course– to return home or sensed this too. Tweet

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