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The following was in today's New York Daily News written by John Dellapina:


They've tried Matt Cullen and Blair Betts without success. So against the Thrashers today at the Garden, the Rangers will give Jason Krog a chance to be the center who gets the puck to Brendan Shanahan often and accurately enough to get the future Hall of Famer scoring again.

But the Rangers' desperate search for a Shanny sidekick won't stop there. Multiple NHL sources confirmed the Rangers are among nearly a dozen teams that have contacted the Philadelphia Flyers about the availability of all-world center Peter Forsberg.



And it is believed that while Forsberg is interested in remaining a Flyer, he would waive the no-trade clause in his expiring contract (worth $5.75 million this season) to come to New York for the stretch run and playoffs.

Of course, a potential bidding war with fellow Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls such as Ottawa, Montreal and Atlanta is only part of the problem in attempting to acquire Forsberg.

For one thing, the last-place Flyers have publicly stated that they are interested in re-signing the 33-year-old Swede, who has won two Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals. For another, acquiring Forsberg is a risk because he has been ravaged by injuries in recent seasons.

In fact, he told reporters yesterday in Philadelphia he will head home to Sweden during the All-Star break to be examined by doctors in hopes that they can come up with a solution to his right foot problem that so far has eluded Flyers orthopedists (he is unable to keep the surgically foot secure in a skate). That trip will delay the sit-down Flyers GM Paul Holmgren had hoped to have with Forsberg and agent Don Baizley next week to determine whether a contract extension could be hammered out before the Feb.27 trade deadline.

Holmgren recently conceded he might have to consider trading Forsberg if no new deal appears imminent. "At the trade deadline, if we didn't have something done for future years, we might just be inclined to roll the dice," Holmgren said. The Rangers passed on a chance to sign Forsberg two summers ago, when there was talk he and boyhood pal Markus Naslund wanted to come to New York as a package. At the time, Rangers GM Glen Sather didn't believe the Rangers were close enough to making a title run to commit so much cap space to the pair. And Forsberg signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Flyers.

If I'm Glen Sather, do whatever it takes to get Forsberg. Adding him will make the Rangers a legimate Stanley Cup contender. Let's bring the Cup back to New York. Let's Go Rangers!
 

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I know that Al Montoya and the Staal brother are just about untouchable within the Rangers system, and short of Philly selling real low on Forsberg, I don't see a way the Rangers pull off the trade in season, if I had to bet, I'd say he'll be on Broadway next season.
 

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