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GM Glen Sather's White-Kennedy strategy

Rangers center Tim Kennedy crashes into Detroit's Jimmy

Rangers center Tim Kennedy crashes into Detroit's Jimmy Howard during a preseason game at Madison Square Garden. (Sept. 29, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sather just finished his meeting with reporters:

"It’s not complicated, it just gives you some options in case somebody becomes available in the next day or two that we think we can use…Say somebody’s got a cap problem and they put a real good player on waivers tomorrow, we have the room to take a real good player, maybe you’re looking at a defenseman. By opening up this space, we’d have room to absorb it. "

"Let’s say, [Alex] Ovechkin was on waivers tomorrow, this gives us the room to be able to do it. Not that…we would get first shot at it...I said hypothetically. I’m not sure there’s tampering in this league anymore."

On possibly losing Tim Kennedy, with a $550,000 contract. "There’s always that possibility, but you have to remember there’s some kids in Hartford who can play here as well…it gives us a little more versatility.... I think they both [he and White] played fine."

Players waived and not claimed in 24 hours don't have to be assigned for 30 days [the cap doesn't change until they're assigned], then you have to put them on waivers again. "We're OK with the cap now," he said. 

Sather said he wasn't intrigued by the waiver wire today, but expects more movement tomorrow, before the 3 p.m. ET deadline for teams to submit cap-compliant  rosters.

"We’ve thought about this for quite a while, with the two guys [Drury, Prospal] who are hurt, you never know when that’s going to come around. You’re always looking for help. There’s guys who are going to be around...." 

Some teams are still offering up lucrative contracts to shed salary. "A bad contract in somebody’s mind might not be a bad contract to somebody else," he said.  "There’s no way of predicting what’s going to happen other than your own evaluation as a player."


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