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Report: Rangers yet to start talks with potential free agents

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09:14 AM ET 08.04 | The potential free agent class of 2014 is being whittled down one by one -- a Joe Pavelski here, a Jay Bouwmeester there, contract extensions for essential players everywhere. Except in New York, where the Rangers have been curiously reluctant to engage in negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, all of whom can go free (alternate meaning) next summer. Understand, it's not as if negotiations with any or all of the Big Three have hit snags. Fact is, Slap Shots has been told, negotiations have yet to even begin with the franchise goaltender, the captain or the first-pair, right-side defenseman. Why? Who knows? General manager Glen Sather's email response to Slaps Shots this week when asked about the status of negotiations was, "We will be talking." There is much time to talk, that much is true. There is no impending deadline. Fact is, the Rangers have until late next June to keep Lundqvist, Callahan and Girardi off the open market. But there is nothing to be gained by stalling or procrastinating. There is nothing good that can come of allowing these players to go into this season without extensions or by negotiating during a season that's going to be challenging enough even if all goes well.

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August 4, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Don't worry Rags fans Slats will ultimately give them all too much money and too many years.

August 4, 2013  10:54 AM ET

Plus these three might "Try, just a little bit harder" just in case they have to showcase.

August 4, 2013  02:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't worry Rags fans Slats will ultimately give them all too much money and too many years.

Sorry but, he doesn't have that luxury with the cap space he has left.

August 4, 2013  02:29 PM ET
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until I looked at the bank draft for $8697, I be certain that...my... mother in law had been actualey receiving money part-time on-line.. there best friend has been doing this for only about twenty two months and resantly took care of the loans on there mini mansion and purchased a great new Renault 5. I went here, > ---- WEP6.COM

Tell me then, why are you wasting your time (and our) talking about her success instead of getting rich yourself? Judging from your spelling you're not smart enough to make lots of money and neither is your mother-in-law or she wouldn't have you for a relative.

August 4, 2013  04:49 PM ET
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Tell me then, why are you wasting your time (and our) talking about her success instead of getting rich yourself? Judging from your spelling you're not smart enough to make lots of money and neither is your mother-in-law or she wouldn't have you for a relative.

WTF>???

August 4, 2013  04:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Sorry but, he doesn't have that luxury with the cap space he has left.

Funny Ha Ha.

August 4, 2013  08:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Funny Ha Ha.

That'd be funny only after a half dozen tequila shots.

August 4, 2013  09:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Sorry but, he doesn't have that luxury with the cap space he has left.

The cap will go up a lot next year and everyone will be happy well except those on the sidelines this season (TT Grab Bryz)

August 4, 2013  09:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That'd be funny only after a half dozen tequila shots.

That's funny, LOL

August 4, 2013  09:59 PM ET

Perhaps Slats is sending a little message. It's not like the Rangers have experienced the ultimate success with these guys, as great as they are (or at least Lundquist).. maybe this is the organization's way of telling them to put up or shut up. Either way, this isn't really news in early August.

August 4, 2013  10:01 PM ET
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The cap will go up a lot next year and everyone will be happy well except those on the sidelines this season (TT Grab Bryz)

Doesn't help some teams much this year though. Teams like the Flyers $2 MIL over, Bruins $1.1 MIL over, Pens $1,09 MIL over, Sharks $.5 MIL over.

Should be fun watching it all play out.

August 4, 2013  11:33 PM ET
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Tell me then, why are you wasting your time (and our) talking about her success instead of getting rich yourself? Judging from your spelling you're not smart enough to make lots of money and neither is your mother-in-law or she wouldn't have you for a relative.

LOL

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August 5, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Lundqvist is going to get a max 8 year contract. Thinking $8.5 per?

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