I had a dream the other night that the Rangers won the first pick in the 2005 draft and selected Sidney Crosby. Everyone cried "Fix!" Gary Bettman said that he knew that would happen if the Rangers won the first pick, but that the Rangers nevertheless had the same chance everyone else had to win that first pick and won it fair and square. Now if only that dream can become reality, regardless of whether anyone believes Bettman. In the meantime, we have to read articles like Bob MacKenzie's at TSN.ca and make contingency plans for lower selections -- Benoit Pouliot, Jack Johnson, Bobby Ryan, Gilbert Brule, or Anze Kopitar are next in line.
The Psurny twins will be reunited in Medicine Hat after one year apart. Michal [pictured at left], brother of Ranger draftee Roman Psurny (who was interviewed in the Februrary issue of Blueshirt Bulletin by Jess Rubenstein), was selected by Medicine Hat the other day in the CHL import draft. Reports Jess: "Unlike previous years where the CHL import draft would have taken place after the NHL entry draft, those selected now fall under CHL rules if they are selected by an NHL team. In other words if the Rangers draft Michal or any other European who has just been taken, he can't join Hartford until he turns 20."
Jess has also alerted us that Ranger prospect Jakub Petruzalek, who went to the Memorial Cup tournament with Ottawa, was traded by the 67s to the Barrie Colts. Barrie must have been impressed with Petruzalek, who helped Ottawa beat the Colts in the opening round of the OHL playoffs last season. He is slated to play right wing on one of their top two lines and their power play.
Jim Schoenfeld, GM of the Wolf Pack, is being considered as head coach of the team by Glen Sather, even though he told the Hartford Courant that he "didn't come to coach and it's not something I would solicit." Jack Diller, who was president of MSG in the late 80s and early 90s, right up until the eve of the Stanley Cup season, stepped down as President of the Nashville Predators. He was the only President in team history and is being replaced by a committee of three rather than an individual.
John Muckler, who was mocked as senile during his stint as Ranger head coach, which ended with him being shown the door along with GM Neil Smith after Smith was unsuccessful in earlier attempts to fire him, has found new life as Ottawa's GM, where he was recently given a three year contract extension. Muckler faces one of the toughest challenges in the NHL's new order, where he has to transition one of the most successful teams under the old CBA to the new CBA while remaining a top contender.