Friday, July 4, 2008

Mara re-signs with Rangers

As I hoped, Paul Mara has signed a 1 year $1.95 million contract that is definitely a hometown discount for the Rangers. Paul Mara really rounds out the Ranger defense and allows for Bobby Sanguinetti to get a year in Hartford to develop his skills and get used to the professional game. From Sam Weinman, Mara said "There was interest from other teams but I wanted to win in New York. So there was stuff left on the table, but it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win" 
That is the kind of attitude that has developed here in New York and Mara sounds determined in helping this team in any way he can. He has been a favorite of mine since he was in Phoenix. He uses his strong body to play defense and is certainly not afraid of standing up for his teammates. Not to mention the fact I bet he really wants to nail Evgeni Malkin after Malkin slew footed him twice. If you didn't see his Messier-esque interview after Game 4 of the Penguins series, you should definitely see it. It will really make you like this guy even more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfkR1gnKjEU.
 Not to mention he probably had the best playoff beard on the team. But I am very happy to have him back and really hope he gets an offensive boost this year. 
In other NHL news, the Vancouver Canucks have traded a 2nd round pick in 2010 and a 3rd round pick in 2009 to Buffalo for RFA Steve Bernier. Also, Dan Boyle has waived his no trade clause and will be traded, along with Brad Lukowich to San Jose for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart (highly touted prospect), a 1st round pick and a 4th round pick. This confuses me because Tampa is seriously depleting their already weak defense. Could they be looking to get a legitimate starting goaltender via trade (the Bulin Wall)? Who knows what the Mullet Bolts are up to.
As for the poll, it seems some Coyotes fans have made their way here and believe Mikkel Boedker has the best shot of making the team, narrowly beating out Korpikoski. I will have another poll up sometime today about the Rangers free agent acquisitions so definitely stay tuned for that. Happy 4th of July to everyone as well and a belated Happy Canada Day to our friends north of the border. 

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