Friday, August 17, 2007

Anders Hedberg Returns!

New York Rangers General Manager Glen Sather announced this week that Anders Hedberg has been added to the club’s scouting staff as the Head Professional European Scout. Hedberg will be responsible for assessing free agent talent playing in Europe, which means Glen Sather doesn't have to work that hard. After Sather's self-proclaimed seven scouting trips to Russia to find the Rangers first round draft pick Cherepanov, I am certain he is very tired.

I like Anders and it shows that loyalty in a club is rewarded down the road of life (perhaps they will finally announce a Brian Leetch Tribute game this coming's about time?).

When The Dark Ranger was just a mere teenager in his early hockey years, Anders Hedberg played a big role in the Islanders-Rangers rivalry during the 1970s and 1980s, scoring the game-winner in Game 5 of the 1979 Stanley Cup semifinals vs. the Isles. He spent seven NHL season with the Rangers. The two time NHL All-Star remains the highest-scoring European-trained player in Rangers history with 397 career points and currently ranks ninth on the Rangers’ all-time playoff scoring list with 46 points in 58 career postseason games.

Hedberg, 56, joins the team after working with the Ottawa Senators organization for the past five seasons. Hedberg served as Ottawa’s Director of Player Personnel from 2002 to 2006 and spent the 2006-07 season as the team’s North American and European Hockey Coordinator.

In other news, no word on Mike Peca as a Ranger and it appears from many sources that it is now in the hands of the NY Ranger management. They have until next week to make a decision, and Peca and his agents are confident he will be wearing the Blueshirt next month.

A quiet week and happy "no" hockey weekend everyone,


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