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Jagr wants Petr

Me and my roommates cooked together last night and put up Christmas lights as sort of a mini holiday celebration.

We made oven fried chicken, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes with gravy, yams and cornbread. But then we all ate so much that we didn't have room for cake. That's always been my downfall, I never have room for dessert. :P

More trade rumours about Petr! Whee!

Rumors continue to circulate that the Anaheim Mighty Ducks may soon trade forward Petr Sykora.

The latest comes from Wednesday's New York Post, which claimed Rangers general manager Glen Sather may be mulling over a potential deal that would have Sykora land on Broadway with much-maligned blueliner Tom Poti heading to Anaheim.

The Post claimed Sather was loathe to move Poti, who despite his defensive faults is the only real puck-moving blueliner on the Rangers roster. That may lead to the supposed deal growing with the Ducks including defenseman Ruslan Salei in the package, although the paper suggests the Rangers might have to move a forward, possibly former Duck Steve Rucchin, in order to free up cap space for future deals.

This deal seems plausible. The Rangers have been among those believed interested in Sykora, who could shine playing with fellow Czechs Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Petr Prucha, Marek Malik and Martin Rucinsky. There's even been an unsubstantiated rumor of Jagr pressuring Sather to land Sykora.

Poti, Salei and Rucchin have all been mentioned at one time or another as potential trade bait, but the problem for the Blueshirts in this proposed move is they'd still be lacking an offensive blueliner. Salei is a decent defenseman but he's not known for his offensive skills.

As with all rumors it remains to be seen if there's any truth to this one.

Rangers covet Sykora but don't have trade bait to lure Ducks

Perhaps the greatest compliment anyone has made about the job Rangers coach Tom Renney has done this season comes in the form of disinterest by Anaheim general manager Brian Burke, who sees very little on the Blueshirts' roster that he would take in exchange for scoring winger Petr Sykora.

The NHL holiday roster freeze goes into effect Monday, which leaves little time for the Rangers to bring in a third team to make the deal happen for Sykora. We know that Rangers GM Glen Sather has made crystal clear his interest in the former Devil, but what Sather is willing to send in return won't motivate Burke.

Burke is more inclined to be patient and test the Rangers' new-found religion. Perhaps he might even try his luck and ask for rookie Petr Prucha.

(We pause to allow you to swallow your breakfast.)

But if this season has proven anything to the Rangers, it's:

1. Building with youth really isn't that bad after all when you get great goaltending and have the world's best player motivated to play.

2. Prucha has too much upside to throw away, and is it that outrageous to mention Rick Middleton here?

There's no question the Rangers could use another experienced scorer. They don't have the depth to sustain their dynamic start throughout the season, let alone through the playoffs.

But then again, we said in September that they wouldn't be good enough to make the playoffs. The way we see it, merely a .500 record the rest of the way all but guarantees the Rangers a playoff berth. So why alter the course now?

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I really hope the Rangers get him, not least because it's driving me nuts trying to imagine who Muckler would deal for him in Ottawa. I know he's going to deal eventually anyway, but if I don't have any names I can pretend it isn't true. Woo!

It looks like he's not going to be traded until next week, unless they pull some last minute thing tonight.

I suppose Anaheim would want more gritty players as that's who they've been trading for. New York would be really ideal for Petr, though, and he's supposedly said that he'd love to play there. I mean, both of his idols would be his teammates! ;)

Jagr wants to make the NYR the New York Czechs.

Petr Prucha is adorable :)

I have absolutely no problem with that! :D

Prucha and Sykora were being very friendly at the World Championships celebration! But then again, Sykora was friendly to pretty much everyone...

Aaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwww! Prucha is friendly, too. He shares an apartment with Jagr; God only knows what Jagr has been teaching him. His post-game interviews are darling. He doesn't understand much English so he mostly makes people repeat questions, and then he smiles away to an answer.

I caught the interview after the OLN game, and it actually wasn't too bad!

I find it interesting that both Lemieux and Jagr are "keeping" boys in their houses. And by interesting, I mean upsetting.

At least Jagr only keeps the Czech boys but we all know how biased he is.

Lemieux, on the other hand, keeps all the boys. Couple of years ago it was Marc-Andre Fleury, and now Sid the kid. Mario likes the kids.

Okay eeww, I just weirded myself out.

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