Reviving a couple of bits of old news on a pair of defensemen -- Brian Leetch is talking again to the Rangers about a return to New York, but John Dellapina of the Daily News says the talks aren't serious yet. And in a nice article from a few days ago about the early stirrings of the upcoming season, Shawn Roarke at NHL.com has a bit of an update on Darius Kasparaitis: "He had surgery to rectify the problem after the season and is still rehabilitating it. He is not back to 100 percent yet, but he is getting closer. 'I'll be ready to go from the first day of camp,' Kasparaitis promised. 'I have to work hard and be smart.'" Shawn has articles on Bobby Sanguinetti and Mike Sauer in the upcoming issue of Blueshirt Bulletin.
SI.com has a preview of the Atlantic Division -- nothing really new or interesting about the Rangers other than what seems to be a fourth place prediction given the order teams are listed.
From the Saginaw News, a preview of the OHL's Saginaw Spirit as they begin their training camp, which Ranger prospect Tommy Pyatt will have to leave in order to play in the nearby Traverse City Prospects Tournament next week. "This is the most exciting it's been coming to the rink," Pyatt said. "Just looking around the room there is so much talent and thinking about the year we could have is pretty exciting." The Spirit announced last night that they have signed Ranger draftee Thomas Zaborsky, a high-scoring winger from Slovakia.
Heart and Soul Award Update: Blueshirt Bulletin readers have contributed enough to the Heart and Soul Award to fund the trophy, which is now on order, as well as fund a nice donation to Cheering For Children in the amount of $500. The inaugural award will of course go to Jed Ortmeyer, and the Cheering For Children donation will be made in his name. We hope to get the trophy delivered in time to make some sort of presentation during Ranger training camp in mid-September. Thanks again to all who contributed -- and for those who haven't yet done so, there is no reason not to, we can always make a larger donation to the Ranger charity.