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Saturday, July 08, 2006

So Long, Screwy

There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters... I could be their leader

Not only is this great news (and long overdue), but a good part of this wire report comes across as pretty funny...

From the Associated Press and FoxSports.com, 7/8/06:

Tom Poti is leaving the Rangers, but the veteran NHL defenseman is staying in New York.

The 29-year-old Poti joined the rival Islanders on Saturday by signing a one-year, $2.75 million deal after three-plus, up-and-down seasons on Broadway.

Poti was thrust into the spotlight with the Rangers after fan-favorite Brian Leetch was traded to Toronto late in the 2001-02 season-- New York's fifth straight out of the playoffs.

Known as an offensive-minded defenseman, Poti never could live up to expectations and was unable to be a comparable replacement to Leetch-- a likely Hall of Famer.

So he would hear boos starting from pregame introductions and through each time he touched the puck.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Poti-- who isn't a strong, physical presence on the ice-- had three goals and 20 assists in 73 games. He ranked first on the Rangers with 123 blocked shots and was tops among defensemen with 122 shots on goal.

Poti was a plus-16 and posted two goals and 12 assists on the power play. His departure from the Rangers was basically sealed when New York signed former Carolina defenseman Aaron Ward to a two-year, $5.5 million deal on Monday.

"Tom Poti is a perfect fit for us," general manager Neil Smith said. "I spoke with him several times over the last week and I was really impressed by Tom's desire to become an Islander. He knew we had a need for a skilled defenseman and he really wanted to be a part of our team."