Rangers Roundup: Chris Drury to interview for Penguins GM job, Tony DeAngelo’s trade value, and more
Chris Drury has been a long sought after executive by many clubs. The Buffalo Sabres eyed him in their GM search, as did the Panthers recently. So there is no surprise the Penguins want him. Although the Connecticut native loves the Rangers, this is a great opportunity.
Chris Drury a prime candidate for Penguins job
TSN noted last night that three teams have granted permission to the Penguins to speak with candidates. One of those teams are the Rangers and they will let 44 year-old Chris Drury interview for the job. Pittsburgh hopes to narrow the list this week and hire a GM soon.
As for Drury, he’s done a wonderful job with the Wolf Pack. He’s stabilized them to be competitive and also developing the league’s best prospect pipeline.
Tony DeAngelo’s trade value
Pat Brisson spoke with Darren Dreger on Monday and noted that his client is at home waiting for a deal. It was revealed that the Rangers are in talks with teams interested in the 25 year-old defenseman. He was the 4th leading scorer last season for blue-liners.
The consensus is that the Rangers are willing to eat up to 50% of DeAngelo’s 4.8M cap hit. That would be quite a bargain for any team looking for an offensive right handed defenseman. Even with that, the Rangers would probably not garner more than a 2nd round pick or possibly a disgruntled player in return.
Calgary is said to be in the market for a defenseman and Sam Bennett, a center may be a trade candidate. Regardless, I expect we will officially hear the Rangers involved in trade talks for Vince Dunn soon.
MSG Network to celebrate Black History Month
MSG Network’s special Black History Month coverage will spotlight influential Black athletes who have had a lasting impact in sports and pop culture. An MSG Networks original interstitial content series will profile trailblazers such as Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, the first Black player for the Knicks, Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first Black player, and Val James, the first Black American to play in the NHL, with a new interstitial video premiering each night in MSG Network’s live games and feature programming. Commemorative programming will also include original and acquired documentary films on Black athletes in basketball and hockey, candid conversations on race and in-depth stories and interviews with prominent Black figures in sports, including a roundtable discussion, hosted by MSG Network’s Monica McNutt, with top WNBA players on the state of women’s basketball in the United States.
As part of its special lineup, MSG Networks will air “Willie,” a full-length documentary, which premiered on ESPN in 2019, that follows the amazing story of Willie O’Ree, from his great-grandfather’s escape from slavery in 1779 to Willie’s ascent to hockey’s highest honor – induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018. Additionally, the network will air “Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future,” a documentary film that retells the virtually unknown contributions and stories of Black athletes in hockey over the years, with interviews from current and former players, including Anson Carter and P.K. Subban. MSG Networks’ original documentary, “Lapchick and Sweetwater: Breaking Barriers,” which first aired in 2008, and profiles former Knicks head coach Joe Lapchick, who signed Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton to an NBA contract in 1950 to help break the NBA color barrier will also be featured.
Check your local listings for airing dates and times.