The Morning Links (Kovalchuk free!)

If you didn’t already know, today’s a (the?) big day for the Devils in their quest to retain Ilya Kovalchuk. I’ll have a separate post on that matter shortly, but for those fans whose interests lie outside of Prudential Center, here are the morning links.



  • Blueshirt Banter looks at former Ranger No. 16 Mark Pavelich in its Blueshirts By The Numbers series.

  • Rangers fans already on the Henrik Lundqvist bandwagon can now get on the bus as well. And this one’s not even metaphorical. Here’s the recap from yesterday’s Gray Line launch.

  • The Daily News adds some more color to Lundqvist's day on the bus via Jesse Spector’s Blueshirts Blog.

  • Length is the holdup in the Marc Staal contract talks, says Adam Rotter of SNY’s Rangers blog. A third year would eclipse Staal’s first year as an unrestricted free agent, which would be good for the Rangers, but less so for Staal.