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Update, 7:30 a.m.: Zpay reports from the morning skate that “Petr Prucha will play after all”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/. The right move in my eyes. It sounds like Dan Fritsche, Patrick Rissmiller and Fred Sjostrom will be the scratches.

Earlier: And just like that the 2008-09 season is upon us. I would jump up and scream but it’s 5 o’clock in the morning and people are still sleeping.

Regardless, I’m excited, as I’m sure you are as well. We’ll be doing live updates off of Game 1, so come back before noon for more.

In the meantime, here’s my Rangers season preview “looking at the team as it begins the post-Jagr era.”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081004/SPORTS01/810040378/-1/SPORTS&referrer=NEWSFRONTCAROUSEL

One of the story’s main points is that for all of the Rangers’ relative success since the lockout, it’s never been clear who deserves the most credit for the team’s resurgence. Some will say it’s Henrik Lundqvist. Some will say Tom Renney. Others Jaromir Jagr. If nothing else, this season might offer a clearer picture.

Finally, here’s Larry Brooks pointedly “taking the Rangers to task for possibly sitting Petr Prucha in his homeland”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/10042008/sports/rangers/prucha_snub_may_mar_rangers_opener_132034.htm. I don’t get it, either, and it strikes me as contrary to Tom Renney’s nature.

Yes, these are four valuable points this weekend, and at season’s end, it may come down to that. But really, is a spot on the fourth line for Prucha going to make that much of a difference?

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  1. According to Zipay, Prucha’s playing….oops, guess there’s no controversy afterall…time to dig up another crisis to send the fans into a lather.

  2. After the morning skate Prucha will be playing tonight…Scratches are Sjostrom, Fritsche, Voros, Rissmiller and Wiikman..

  3. onecupin67years on

    So Prucha’s hissy fit did work after all.Renney must be push over,give prucha 10 games to see what he produces . But he’s a non entitiy on the ice, he gets checked carrying the puck,doesn’t do all lot of things well ,does a lot lousy or looks lousy, he reminds me of Niklas Sundstrom who was always compared to Forberg becuase they played together, Forsberg hit never backed down , Sundstrom was the wuss , remember when John Macclean two handed his stick across Sundstrom arm and broke it in 2, if he did to me or others we would be on parole by now.move him sign Shanahan .

  4. too bad Renney had to start off the season on the wrong foot. He better get his act together if he expects guys like Prucha to do likewise, aka ‘practice what you preach’.

  5. onecup….if you think Prucha is a wuss then you obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Prucha plays with more heart than any Ranger since Adam Graves. He deserves a shot to play in Prague over the likes of Sjostrom, Fritsche, and Rissmiller.

  6. onecupin67years on

    I always got the feeling that the NHL booked this game to really showcase Jagr in the fatherland rather than Prucha.
    But because the game is in peewee prucha’s homeland,it doesn’t give him the right to play, its whats right for the team ,not whats right for peewee.
    I wonder if Brooks ever coached a sport? Would he play every average johnnie and not put the best team on the field?

  7. onecupin67years on

    Rob.heart? what heart? Prucha tries and hustles ,he is always a step behind, he can’t get it done, maybe he is finished , some players do have only a short spells in pro sports, average in the NFL is 3-4 years .Just becuase peewee started fast out of the gate doesn’t give him a free pass every year.

  8. Help, last minute change of plans on opening day,need Manhattan sports bar recommendation for the game, could go to ESPN but have not been impressed with picture quality or size,looking for big HDTV screen that I can be close to, + wireless,thanks in advance on this important day -Let’s get this team on a roll!

  9. is this game being shown on center ice? i’m in dc and have comcast…when i called yesterday they said they’d have it, but now the screen says that center ice games wont start until the 9th.

  10. Cindy Crawford on

    LETS GO BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Onecup, Prucha’s always a step behind? Surely you can’t have watched preseason and thought that. He’s one step ahead, getting open and making space. He’s postionally great, finally back in front of the net where he scored all those goals in his rookie season. Screening the goalie, which is how he got his lone goal of the preseason.

    Yeah, he’s having problem finishing. We need him to finish, hands down. But has Dawes finished his preseason? Where has Sjostrum been? Are they that much better than him, that you would sit him in his homeland?

    No, because they haven’t been better all. 60 NHL goals in 3 seasons aren’t a “mistake.” The mistake has been misusing him, letting him rot on the bench, burying his confidence, and then asking him to contribute like he did in his rookie year.

    If this was a scare tatic, Renney’s still an idiot. He’s low confidence just got lower.

  12. And I was looking forward to the return of PRUCHA27….HA HA

    I just hope we do not score a goal on the first shit of the season. Maybe that is the key to not finishing 6th in the conference like the last two seasons….HA HA

  13. Fritsche, Rissmiller, and Sjostrom are scratched? Is Renney braindead? What happened to wanting more offense from the 4th line? What is the point of Orr in the lineup? I bet Melrose is not wasting a spot on some goon. Not that Orr can’t play, but come on, he is a 13th forward at best.

    Will Betts and Prucha ever be traded?

  14. I’ve been saying it for years, Renney is one mean evil hyena that uses favoratism and doesn’t understand how to reward players for playing well and working hard and how to punish those that play lazy and refuse to finish their checks. Dubinsky was one of the best hitters on the Rangers, was he out of position a lot because of his hitting? No, so why would Betts be out of position, just simply ridiculous.

    and what does this line from Larry Brooks’ article mean: “Having Jim Schoenfeld, the assistant GM, on the ice at every practice barking out instructions as if he were a member of the coaching staff? Outrageous.”

  15. And to have captain and 2 assistants on the same line is as retarded as it gets. Other teams award young players with letters, Renney never, he only rewards mercenary vets. Girardi easily deserves an “A” he has far more leadership qualities than Gomez.

  16. Renney’s refusal to play 2 new guys and 1 relatively new guy who was sort of in his dog house without any apparent reason is a direct challenge towards Sather and our pro scouts. I hope Sather goes over Renney’s hyena head and trades away his boy Blair “2.5 assists” Betts, Renney will weep I guarantee.

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