Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 7/20/12

DALLAS - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Sami Lepisto #18, Shane Doan #19 and Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on January 31, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
After yesterday's CBA negotiations in Manhattan, player representative and much sought after UFA Shane Doan was asked if he'd consider playing for the Rangers and, after laughing, didn't rule them out (ESPN NY)...

"I've got a few teams that you look at and that you're serious about. That being said, I've also talked with some teams that I didn't think I was, but that kind of made their case. When it comes down to it, I'll really make my decision. I don't want to put anybody in a situation where you feel like, you know, if you impress me, I'll come. Until I make my decision, I don't want to force anyone's hand."

Here's Doan, whose agent anticipates his client will narrow down his list this weekend, stating that his first choice is to stay in Phoenix but that he can't wait around all offseason for ownership issues to be resolved... 


To watch at NHL.com, click here.

...despite the rumors that the Rangers have made an offer to Doan and that he hasn't ruled New York out, I will be in complete shock if he's wearing a Blueshirt at the start of the season.

...i still think he'd be a great fit, but not at the money and years he's commanding.

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In a follow-up to Shea Weber's concerns about living in Manhattan, Larry Brooks of the New York Post adds this...

"Sources report that the Blueshirts were prepared to either extend an offer sheet to Weber or effect a trade with the Predators for the 26-year-old’s rights in advance of signing him to a lifetime contract, but that their efforts failed because of Weber’s aversion to living in Manhattan, where nearly all of the Rangers lived, and of his belief that living in Westchester would have isolated him from his teammates.

Thus, Weber instead chose to sign the offer sheet with the Flyers, nearly all of whom live in the suburbs within close proximity to the club’s practice rink in Voorhees."

...because Westchester is sooooooo far away from Manhattan. Give me a break. Glad we found out now that Weber is afraid of the spotlight, not after the Rangers signed him.

Brooks adds that Nashville is not expected to match the offer sheet, but rather complete a trade with the Flyers that would send at least two of the four first round picks the Predators would receive as compensation back to Philadelphia for players off the NHL roster.

Weber's agent said this about his client (Pro Hockey Talk)...

"I don't think you sign an offer sheet unless your (sp) pointing in that one direction...he'd like to play with the Philadelphia Flyers."

Weber's agent added that the All Star defenseman doesn't want to go through another rebuilding process with the Predators.

...wow! I was 100% convinced yesterday that Nashville would match the offer sheet. Now I really don't see it happening. Time to start drumming up some hate for Weber.

Speaking of Weber's agent, he gave yesterday's line of the day...

Shea Weber's agent, Kevin Epp, said money wasn't a factor in signing the offer sheet, but that Weber likes #Flyers history and Cup chances.

— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) July 19, 2012

...LOL!!!!!!!!!!

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On the Rick Nash front, Larry Brooks says that despite Columbus GM Scott Howson trying to use the Flyers’ impending acquisition of Weber to create leverage against the Rangers in trade talks for the Blue Jackets captain, Sather remains steadfast in his refusal to include Derek Stepan in the package that would go the other way.

Brooks notes that Detroit is believed the only other team willing to deal for Nash.

...nice try Howson. Too bad you already made it clear that Columbus was not trading their franchise player to their most hated division rival when you dissed the Red Wings offer recently.

...and yet again the Rangers are the last ones standing. Howson creating leverage for himself? I think not.

For more news on Stepan, McDonagh, MSG's stock price and Rangers prospects, click the "Read More" tab below.


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Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh discuss being roommates on the road...


To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.

...by far the best part of the video is at the end when Stepan describes how tired McDonagh was the morning after logging over 53 minutes in the triple overtime victory over the Capitals in the playoffs.

...in a related story, Marc Staal says his roommate Stu Bickel ran a marathon that same morning.

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Get ready for ticket prices to double next year Rangers fans. Oh wait, they already did. Make that triple...

MSG stock is now down 8.4% over the last 5 days as the NASDAQ has been up 3.4%. Those in the know says Lin drop makes no sense.

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 19, 2012

...God damn Lin-sanity leaving town.

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And finally, Grant Sonier at ESPN Insider has the Rangers at #13 in his organizational rankings...

"Rangers fans have already gotten a taste of their prospect depth in the form of winger Chris Kreider (Boston College-NCAA), who joined the club after his college season and made a huge impression during the playoffs. Fellow forwards J.T. Miller (Plymouth-OHL) and Christian Thomas (Oshawa-OHL), along with 2012 first-round D Brady Skjei (Minnesota-NCAA) and rugged 2010 first-round pick Dylan McIlrath (Moose Jaw-WHL/Connecticut-AHL), give the Blueshirts plenty of promise for the future, though McIlrath suffered a dislocated knee cap during the Rangers' recent prospect camp."

...second organizational ranking in a row Rangers are out of the top ten. I guess I'm just biased, but I can't imagine there are too many teams with a better system than the Rangers right now. In Gordie we trust.

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