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And now, the games begin…

Posted By Sam Weinman On September 20, 2008 @ 5:49 am In Uncategorized | 58 Comments

My story today looks at “Petr Nedved’s outside shot at making the Rangers”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080920/SPORTS01/809200377/1046/SPORTS0107, which he wistfully admits is his last chance of playing in the NHL. Tellingly, Nedved said he would only play for the Rangers, and will head back to the Czech League if (and most likely when) the team cuts him.

“The way I look at it is this is probably the last opportunity for me,” Nedved said. “Obviously I’m not getting any younger. I actually look around and I think I’m the oldest guy here, unfortunately. If I was 25 or 26 I could play one more year in Europe and then it’s not a big deal. But if I play one more year in Europe, it’s not possible for me to come back.”

It says something about the ups-and-downs of training camp that I went from thinking Nedved had no chance of making this team, to thinking he had a chance, to again think he’s a longshot.

Some of that comes from conversations with people both inside and outside the organization. And some of that is just what you see on the ice. Nedved had to be stellar this week, but he hasn’t been so far in the intrasquad scrimmages. Now his last hope rests with how he fares in the games. He’ll play his first Monday night at the Garden.

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Meanwhile, a brief programming note: while one squad will be in Ottawa, the other two will be skating at the Training Center today. I may check in later from there, but my real interest lies in what I see on the TV tonight. MSG is covering all eight (eight!) games of the preseason.

More later…


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