Strange bedfellows

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I think we can all agree that Adam Hall never panned out as a Ranger. Acquired during the summer, Hall wasn’t nearly the contributor as the man he replaced, the pesky Dominic Moore.
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It’s worth noting now, of course, not only because Hall was shipped off to Minnesota yesterday in the trade for Pascal Dupuis, but because he still has a chance to be of service to the Rangers tonight. In his first game with his new team, Hall needs only to lead the Wild tonight to a win against Carolina, and he’d help put his indifferent play in New York behind him.

Get used to the curious dynamic of a playoff race, with the Rangers suddenly egging on teams they might normally have no use for. If that’s the case with Minnesota against seventh-place Carolina, it would surely apply as well to the otherwise hated Devils tonight against Tampa Bay. And you thought you’d die before you’d ever applaud a Marty Brodeur save.

As Tom Renney said last night, his team is still focused only on its own game. But he also admitted that eyes are always wandering toward the nearest scoreboard.

A few other noontime thoughts:

  • The Rangers have no morning skate today because of an afternoon Georgetown basketball game at the Verizon Center, so we won’t know until later where Dupuis might fit into the lineup — if he fits in at all. I know Renney said his plan was for Dupuis to play tonight, but that was before “Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg turned the games of their lives”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070210/SPORTS01/702100388/1046/SPORTS last night. For Renney to turn his back on that would likely do more harm than good. Plus, given what happened last time against the Caps, the Rangers probably need all the grit they have.
  • Speaking of Dupuis, you can be sure that Rangers scout Frank Effinger had some input here seeing how Effinger before this year had been with the Wild (and before that — make that WAY before that — he was “my first-ever hockey coach”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/04/coming-full-circle/). So if you don’t like the deal, blame Frank (and in turn, he’ll blame me for pinning this on him).
  • One other note about Dupuis: I erroneously reported that he’ll be wearing No. 98 based on a roster the team handed out last night. He’ll actually be wearing No. 61, so hopefully you can call the monogrammer in time.
  • In addition to my story about last night’s win I also had “a feature on New Rochelle photographer David Perlmutter”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070210/SPORTS01/702100393/1046/SPORTS, who has been photographing Rangers fans for an upcoming book with Stan Fischler. Odds are Perlmutter’s lens has even settled on some of you, provided you weren’t in the process of flipping Marek Malik the bird. Perlmutter, meanwhile, has also shared with me a number of compelling game photos, some of which I plan to post soon.

    OK, more info later when I have it…

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    1. I say same lineup as last night. Especially since Dupuis hasn’t had a chance to practice yet. After tonight, the NYR don’t play until Thursday, so that will give me plenty of time to get used to his linemates…whoever they are.

      Also, I’d play Orr again since Washington will probably have Brashear in the lineup.

    2. Sam — Why does a period as bad as Ward’s first period last night go unreported, unremarked, unacknowledged?

      Two unbelievably stupid and lazy passes through the middle of the ice — one on the backhand for good measure (!) — and you don’t hear a peep. Certainly not from Sam the Shill and Joe the Carnival Barker.

      Does that mean that the coaching staff doesn’t see mistakes as horrendous as these unless they’re being committed by Pock or Prucha or any other whipping boy? What is God’s name is the deal?

    3. To everyone who got offended by Jagr’s comments about Orr and Hollweg: get real. It was a joke, based on the reality that those guys aren’t scorers. They know that. I like seeing the jokes — seems a sign of comraderie more than “elitism”.

    4. Ward turned his game around big time with an exceptional second and third period. Take a valium.

    5. Gratton — “Big time?” “Exceptional?” I’ll take that valium if you’ll take off your kneepads.

    6. 61, cool, apparently he acknowledges he sucks and decided on wearing a number usually allocated for pre-season roster invitees.

    7. Orr’s got to be in based upon what went down last game with Washington. Orr’s not playing and Brashear’s got a free pass to run wild. That and the great game he played last night. Hopefully Dupuis plays for either Prucha or Betts if he has to be in the lineup.

    8. Orr and Brashears – Orr is no deterent against Huggy Bear. The Rangers are going to need to stay away from this type of hockey tonight if they want to come out of DC with a win.

      Stay away from the fighting tonight and draw some penalties and let the PP try and get us a win tonight.

      Tonights game is important because it will be interesting to see where the other teams are by our next game, which is not till Thursday.

      Gratton – Nice to see Orr get in some good shots on Roy last night, didn’t think he had that one in him.

    9. Maybe now is the time to try and include Hossa in a deal. He’s been playing well and put a few in the net. Throw in something else and maybe we could a little interest.

    10. Mark Heaslip:

      Gratton—- “Big time?� “Exceptional?� I’ll take that valium if you’ll take off your kneepads.

      I already did. I lent them to your Mom.

    11. Gratton — I think you’re getting pretty desperate if you’re bringing mothers into a discussion about Aaron Ward’s ineptitude.

      But since you have, I have to say your Mom is the lovely, remarkable, dignified, incisive lady who actually sent me the tape of Ward in isolated action last night. It wasn’t pretty.

    12. “Orr and Brashears – Orr is no deterent against Huggy Bear. The Rangers are going to need to stay away from this type of hockey tonight if they want to come out of DC with a win.

      Stay away from the fighting tonight and draw some penalties and let the PP try and get us a win tonight.

      Tonights game is important because it will be interesting to see where the other teams are by our next game, which is not till Thursday.

      Gratton – Nice to see Orr get in some good shots on Roy last night, didn’t think he had that one in him.”

      Yeah that “fighting stuff” really hurt them last night. Orr is more of a deterrent than anyone else they have. It may not stop Brashear but it will give him someone to answer to. If Brashear runs wild over the Rangers someone will have to answer the bell, would you rather it be Orr, or Shanahan? Avery and Hollweg don’t fit the bill there. Orr earned a spot in the lineup tonight and is necessary based upon the last game these two teams played. If you don’t understand that dynamic, you don’t understand hockey.

    13. “Why does a period as bad as Ward’s first period last night go unreported, unremarked, unacknowledged?

      At first thought I asked myself “Which Ward?” But then I realized there is no other Ward any more

      Also we need Orr in there to maybe slow down Brashear a little. And seeing as he actually found the back of the net last night, he is on a hot streak. You have to ride the Hot hands and that means that Prucha will be benched tonight although Jagr felt sorry for Ryan and let him have a goal. (Im surprised Hollweg didnt hit the post or flat out miss the net all together)

      Most times I would say they should keep last nights lines in tact but we need to find out what Dupuis can bring to the table.

    14. Nice note about Coach Effinger. He was my first hockey coach too (at RCDS). He’s a great man and taught me a lot about the game. Please give him my best!

    15. you know you are having a bad season when you have to hope and depend on other teams to beat the teams you didn’t to save your floundering position.

    16. mike

      I’ll gladly admit I was incorrect in stating the Rangers should have stayed away from figting last night. What I was trying to say is stay away from being overly aggressive and get themselves into penalty trouble. I was very pleased with Hollweg answering the bell after Sutherby ran The King and Orr stood his ground; I am pleasantly surprised.

      However, if you’re going to hold my hand to the fire for what I am wrong about, then at least give me credit for the ones I am right about.

      “Stay away from the fighting tonight and draw some penalties and let the PP try and get us a win tonight. ”

      PP got us three goals…

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