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There are those who play in NY and those who play for NY. In the NY sports market there are the types who follow the money and not their hearts and crumble under the big lights. But then there are those that blend into the bright lights and become one with the city. From baseball to hockey we have seen players come here only to crash and burn . There was Theo Fleury who never wanted to play in NY. The Calgary kid followed the money train into Penn Station and he and the endless amount of big money takers took a bite out of the Apple.Then there is Alex Rodriguez ( Yes I'm a Yankees Fan) who exploited his favorite baseball team ( The Mets) and balked at signing with the club only to land in TX with the other Rangers. Here is a player who had the chance to sign with his favorite team ,but the team was in NY. Alex could have saw the lights from the Brooklyn Bridge and known that he just wasn't cut out for the Apple Pie.Sad to say the player caves into what the media wants and the fans dream of,but knows it may not be for them.After his trade to the Yanks he had won scoring titles and been in the paper,but the overall team success in the playoffs has evaporated. NY is a magnifying lenses and in the playoffs the sun beats down on you even more. If you don't produce you will burn up . You can't fault players for taking money or seeing if they can hack in in NY. Cause like Sinatra says if you can make it here then well you can make it anywhere. Some players are just as big as the city and know before they get here that they can play here or more important identify with us.

Mark Messier pressed Sather to move him to NY and not only embraced the city but became one of its own. A kid from Edmonton became larger than baseball,larger than basketball, and larger than the Rangers themselves..He became the Messiah. Sean Avery was on a satellite Radio show a few years ago when he was still with the Kings. He was asked if he could play in NY and he said that if he ever made it here he would turn the building upside down. A few months later his premonition came true and so did his gut feelings, as his name was chanted from the blue seats. You can make it but you can't fake it,and New Yorkers know that. Brett Favre was traded to the JETS the other day and despite being a Giants fan,it will be interesting to watch. But Brett's gut was to stay out of the area and play in a smaller market like Minnesota or Tampa. There have been laundry lists of player who come here to die and I hope that's not the case. But this brings me back again to the player who called NY to be here. The Player who said his favorite building was MSG. The leader who said his favorite city to play in was none other than NY. Mats Sundin, those who have listened to the city calling...usually answered in return.
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August 8, 2008 3:40 PM ET | Delete
they dont have the cap room for him, they'd need to clean out some big priced players, it isn't going to happen, not that i can see anyways
August 8, 2008 4:06 PM ET | Delete
I see how the money may be a retraint now, but there are teams that like some of the Rangers rolw players upand comers. They can move some money if they made certrain players expedable. Thanks for posting
August 8, 2008 4:34 PM ET | Delete
why are you OBSESSED with sundin? the whole point of this offseason was to get younger and faster, sundin is OLDER AND SLOWER. Even if it was possible to get him why would we want to? We would have to clear out about 7 million in cap space and if you want to trade role players and up and comers you would have to trade about 4 of them to get sundin who is only going to be here for 2 years. NOT TO MENTION, WE HAVE ABOUT 5 CENTERS. We are not bringing in gretzky here, we are bringing in a 39 year old center whos best years are clearly behind him. He is not worth changing the entire team over. First wed trade 4 core/young players and then we would start rearranging our lines to accomodate him, its just not worth it
August 8, 2008 6:36 PM ET | Delete
I couldn't agree more with thereal30wearsblue (great name BTW). Enough of this Sundin sh*T. We don't need him! We have plenty of centers and to trade Rozy to clear up room for Sundin is retarded, because we finally have a decent D. Ican't wait till Sundin signs with someone else, or just retires! He is no Brett Farve either. I would much rather see Farve on the Rangers than Sundin! at least he won't be taking away playing minutes from the young guys!
August 8, 2008 7:15 PM ET | Delete
um... Sundin is a top line centre on almost any team in the league... age shouldn't factor into the fact that he's a point-per-game producer and a proven playoff commodity... THAT'S why everyone keeps talking about him...
August 9, 2008 12:00 AM ET | Delete
the only city calling the big swede's heart is where he left it...and i hope it stays that way - if fletch screws up the whole deal with mats then everything that's happened in the offseason just took a step back.
August 9, 2008 1:17 PM ET | Delete
CAPMESS11 email me hockeybums@yahoo.ca we need toget and stay in contact
August 10, 2008 1:15 AM ET | Delete
The Oiler's blogger is as bad as anyone at that. The tag line (concerning Tambellini's departure from Vancouver) two teams going in opposite directions - pure sensationalism and of course most of the posters were Vancouver and Edmonton fans saying exactly that. You wanna censor someone censor the blogger!
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