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Can Russian Rocket fuel Ranger takeoff? - NorthJersy.com
By TOM GULITTI
The Blueshirts have scored only 10 goals in losing five of their last six games to fall out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Montreal is in eighth place, two points ahead of the Blueshirts after the Canadiens' 1-1 tie with Carolina Monday night.
Bure will be in the Rangers' lineup tonight when they take on Vancouver at Madison Square Garden.
"We need somebody to help push us into the playoffs," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said after making what is by far his biggest trade in his two years in New York. "He's a great player. I think he's one of the top five guys in the league. It's a great opportunity for us. It makes our team much better."
And Sather probably has at least one more deal to make before today's 3 p.m. league trading deadline. A league source said Sather was continuing to talk to the Edmonton Oilers about defenseman Tom Poti - possibly for Mike York, who was part of the Rangers' original offer for Bure, but did not go to Florida in the trade.
"We've got a few hours left," Sather said. "I'm not sure what will happen.
A lot could happen by [3 p.m.] No one is really sure."
If anything, though, Sather has made it clear by acquiring Bure that
ending the team's four-year playoff drought is his top priority.
Sather said he spoke extensively with Panthers GM Chuck Fletcher and assistant GM/head coach Mike Keenan during the last month, but it appeared the deal had fallen apart over the weekend.
"It was real roller coaster," Sather said. "[Sunday] they called and said they weren't doing the deal and they called back [Monday] morning and wanted to see if they could get it back on the drawing board again. So, we worked on it and it happened. But I don't think over the last couple of weeks I really thought anything was going to happen."
The Panthers were mostly looking to unload Bure's contract, which pays
him $10 million each of the next two seasons and has an option for a third
year at $11 million, and begin rebuilding with young players after a horrendous
season in which they have won just 19 games.
In the end, the Rangers were the only team in the bidding for Bure, who has hit 60 goals twice in his 11 NHL seasons. The Dallas Stars showed strong interest at first, but dropped out late last week when the Panthers continued to insist that both Brenden Morrow and Jamie Langenbrunner be included in the deal.
Bure, who will turn 31 on March 31, won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard
Trophy each of the past two seasons for leading the NHL in goals. Bure
scored 59 goals last season and 58 the season before, but has only 22 in
56 games this season.
Getting Bure certainly addresses that problem.
"The guy has pretty amazing skills," Low said. "You don't generally get 50-goal scorers for what we got him for. To not have to give up anybody off of our team, to me is great."
There is some concern over Bure's attitude. Some of his former teammates
viewed him as a selfish player. But, to the Rangers, his ability to put
the puck in the net far outweighed his drawbacks.
"There aren't many guys that skate like those people do."
BURE: PLUSES AND MINUSES
2. Playoff boost: Bure is a streaky scorer and if he gets hot in the Rangers' final 12 games, he could push them over the top in the playoff race.
3. Star value: New York and Madison Square Garden love stars and Bure is one of the biggest in the game.
2. Character: Bure was thought to be selfish by some teammates in Florida.
3. Money: His contract calls for him to earn $20 million over the next
two seasons, which might not leave room in the budget to sign big-name
unrestricted free agents this summer.
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