With the lack of flexibility in the lineup and the Rangers strong need to carry a 7th D-man, Dan Fritsche was placed on waivers. I'm almost positive that a team will claim him and his salary of 875 k isn't a back breaker. I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the Island as Mike Sillinger is done for the year. Dan would get tons of ice time and can play both wing and center,giving Isles coach Scott Gordon flexibility. Fritsche wouldn't be mistaken for `Michael Nylander,but a few teams are looking for extra support on center. Chicago has been looking all year for center help and Florida as well,but it wouldn't be a shockl if he ended up back in his hometown playing with Columbus.
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When the Rangers played in Russia this year, Fritsche scored a huge goal in the Victoria Cup. He rushed up the ice with a burst of speed ,and then ripping a shot past the Metallurg keeper from right above the circle. At that point I could see why Glen Sather insisted he be included in the trade with the Jackets. But, Sathers shopping spree of 3rd and 4th line forwards created a log jam in the fort. Sather failed to factor in the forwards he already had in the system,with Fredrik Sjostrom becoming a fixture on the pen tally kill. One other move the Rangers may HAVE to make is moving Michal Rozsival to clear some more room.
In my next post I'll talk about possible fits, I think a deal with the Ducks having Pronger headed back is a good start. Good Luck Danny you'll be some where else on Thursday.
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