That the Rangers placed Darius Kasparaitis (above) on waivers yesterday isn’t at all surprising, but the way they went about the process most certainly is.
For one would think that a franchise that reflexively defers to Sandis Ozolinsh (or maybe the deference in this case is paid to agent Paul Theofanous, who curiously has helped himself to a seat beside GM Glen Sather in the Meadowlands press box during each of the Blueshirts’ last two visits to New Jersey) would at least have had the common courtesy to inform Kasparaitis of the decision either directly or through his representative.
But that was not the case. Indeed, Mark Gandler, who represents the 14-year NHL veteran, first learned of the move when contacted by phone by The Post shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday, an hour after the 34-year-old defenseman had officially been placed on waivers. Gandler, in Dallas for the All-Star Game, said that he had chatted with Sather on Tuesday but that the topic had not been discussed.
“I don’t think I was playing bad, but there is nothing I can say or do except to do what they tell me,” Kasparaitis, who was plus-two in his previous 14 games, told The Post on Saturday. “I don’t have any leverage.”
Strangely, the New York Daily News’ John Dellapina has an entirely different take on the situation in Thursday’s paper. Dellapina quotes Kasparaitis claming to be “psyched up” about being sent to the AHL Wolfpack for the second time this season, while Rangers assistant GM Don Maloney characterizes the waiver move as a rehab assignment (“I don’t think Darius is in the kind of game shape he needs to be in to be an effective player. The idea is to get him to Hartford and get him playing.”)