The Rangers are just in love with those former Penguins of Czech descent. After parting ways with Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka this offseason, there now comes news that the Rangers are going to give Petr Nedved a tryout.
Nedved spent last season with Sparta Praha after having spent the 2006-07 season with the Oilers, the Flyers and the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate.
It's hard to imagine Nedved still having something to offer an NHL team as a first- or even second- liner and according to the Czech news outlets the report is based on, Nedved has no such expectations. He is hoping to reach the team as a third- or fourth-liner.
We are concerned about Rangers overlord Glen Sather though. What is with him and former Penguins from the Czech Republic? Why does he have some weird fixation on them? He still has Michal Rozsival under wraps. Should Jiri Slegr get a restraining order? Will the Hrdinas, Jiri and Jan, need to hire a bodyguard anytime they holiday in New York? Has Sather rummaged through Milan Kraft's trash? Will Petr Sykora be at risk when his contract with the Penguins runs out after this upcoming season? Has anyone even seen Josef Beranek within in the last six months?
Sather's sick fetishes aside, we do wish Nedved the best in his pursuit of landing on the Rangers' roster for the third time in his career. If nothing else, during Rangers-Penguins games, Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey will be forced to break up their 4,234 "the Staals are brothers" calls with occasional mentions of a certain late night in Landover, Md. in the spring of 1996.
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EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Former Flyers defenseman Jaroslav Modry has left the NHL and will play with a team in the Czech Republic.
-After suffering from concussion problems last season, Flyers forward Simon Gagne claims he isn't feeling any symptoms.
-The Senators avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Antoine Vermette and signed him to a two-year deal worth $5.525 million.
-Stars forward Brad Richards said his former team, the Lightning, turned into a joke last season.
-Former Penguins coach Scotty Bowman left his position as a consultant with the Red Wings and joined the rival Blackhawks as senior advisor of hockey operations.
-The Predators signed forward Jerred Smithson to a two-year contract extension.
-Nashville is planning for life without forward Alexander Radulov.
-The Oilers promoted general manager Kevin Lowe from general manager to president of hockey operations and hired former Canucks official Steve Tambellini as general manager. By all accounts, Lowe will still have final word on all player movement within the organization.
-Former Kings goaltender Dan Cloutier is now considered officially bought out by the NHL.
-Former Kings/Avalanche/Canucks coach Marc Crawford got a gig with Hockey Night in Canada.
-Get your very own Mike Richter Quebec Nordiques t-shirt jersey right here.
-Remember how Patrick Roy's kid got into trouble for beating up that junior hockey goaltender back in March? Well he's in even more trouble now. He's facing assault charges.