Sunday, July 17, 2011

Nathan Horton Loses Time With Stanley Cup When It Gets Lost At Airport

When a team wins the Stanley Cup each player gets their day to spend with the trophy.  Today is Nathan Horton’s day to have hockey’s biggest prize in his possession.  As if missing the last four games of the Stanley Cup Finals was not enough for Horton due to the severe concussion today he was cost time with the Cup as it was temporarily missing. 

Horton was waiting for the Cup to get to Buffalo, but it did not arrive when it was supposed to.  Horton’s wife, Tammy Plante-Horton told her followers on twitter about how the Cup was missing, but it turns out that the issue was actually the handler was late and the Cup never made it on the right flight.  It was later found on the ramp in Boston, so all hockey fans can take a deep breath.  However Nathan Horton gets cheated out of some of the experience that goes along with the Stanley Cup.  First it was on the ice and not being able to play to win it and now it is on his day with it.

Rumor: Rangers Attempted To Trade For Brent Burns?

The New York Rangers have had an excellent offseason to this point in filling their top line center void with Brad Richards, adding veteran toughness in Mike Rupp, retaining a glue player in Ruslan Fedotenko and getting three of their five key restricted free agents re-signed.  The one void they have not truly filled is an offensive defenseman that could run the power play.  That does not mean they did not try to do so. 

According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, the Rangers attempted to trade for Brent Burns before he was ultimately dealt to the San Jose Sharks on draft night. 
The Rangers got their man in Brad Richards , but Brent Burns , the first-pair defenseman who was traded from Minnesota to San Jose, is the one who got away.
While Brad Richards is a power play quarterback and will help with the man advantage, acquiring a player like Burns would have added another dimension to the Rangers.  However, seeing that San Jose had to give up Devin Setoguchi, prized prospect Charlie Coyle and a first round pick to get Burns, it is a good thing the Rangers did not win the race for Burns.  A comparable package from the Rangers likely would have included Artem Anisimov, Chris Kreider and a first round pick, at least.  Burns would have been a very nice addition, but the overall cost to make it happen would not have been the best thing for the franchise long-term.