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57 Meanwhile, on the farm…

Wolf Pack 4, Portland 3 If nothing else, the Rangers organization will get one win tonight, and given the dismal state of the team’s AHL affiliate these days, that’s saying something. Meanwhile, there’s a report out of New York that says the Rangers are looking to pack out of Hartford…

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60 You wonder why the Whalers ever left

Granted, maybe it’s because the Wolf Pack are off to a discouraging start at 1-6, but I wouldn’t exactly describe the atmosphere here at the Civic Center as electric. Or put it another way: if Darius Kasparaitis wasn’t depressed when he was first sent down to the AHL, he probably…

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42 Hanging out to dry

If and when Kevin Weekes requires extensive pschyotherapy for seeing slapshots in his sleep, he might want to send the bill to Rangers coach Tom Renney. As was the case when Renney threw his backup goaltender out against the surging Buffalo Sabres for Weekes’ first start of the season, Weekes…

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72 Changes in the wind

You have to love the dueling tabloids, which often seem to be having a direct conversation with one another. My colleagues on the Rangers beat — both of whom are among the best in the business — have two different takes on the Rangers flirtations with the Blackhawks in recent…

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26 Kaspar sent down

We knew something was coming regarding the Rangers defense, and sure enough, Darius Kasparaitis has been sent down to Hartford for a 10-day conditioning assignment. Bear in mind a conditioning assignment means Kasparaitis doesn’t have to go through waivers, so I’m not sure where that leaves the team in terms…

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57 Big game hunting?

I had a conversation this afternoon with Don Maloney, who was reluctant to say too much about the precarious state of the Rangers, mostly because he has been busy scouting other teams. That said, I figure it’s worth noting that the Rangers assistant GM said he is going to be…

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63 Black Halloween

I give up. OK, not really, but hear me out for a second. I think one of the reasons you’ve all been responsive to this space is the fact that I’m fairly honest with my limitations. I know hockey. I played it all growing up, played competitively in high school…

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69 Wow

I didn’t think it was possible for the Rangers to be as bad as they’ve been so far. And really, when you consider some of the other duds the team has put forth this year, that’s saying something. Why do I get the feeling their off day tomorrow will not…

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40 What to watch for: L.A. edition

Other than the outside chance that they’re looking to launch a film career (“Blair Betts…Jason Ward….in…..THE PENALTY KILLERS”), the Rangers objective in Hollywood tonight doesn’t extend far beyond two points. And you figure they’re going to need it. The team has Halloween off tomorrow, but then faces back-to-back games against…

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45 Hollweg Heads Home

It was inevitable that the focus in L.A. today would turn to Ryan Hollweg, the rare (or is it the only?) NHL product from Southern California. A couple of my colleagues on the Rangers beat have compelling profiles of the Rangers resident fullback in skates, “as does the L.A. Times’…

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25 Going back to the well?

That at least was the impression I got from my conversation with Tom Renney Sunday afternoon. Fresh off a win in Phoenix, having shifted to L.A., the Rangers coach said he wasn’t sure of his lineup for Monday night against the struggling Kings, but it was his “inclination” to use…

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16 Never discount the importance of psychology

Compare the Rangers to an 11-year-old baseball player. He’s just spent the better part of two weeks flailing at everything thrown his way. But when his old man lobs a few in for him to finally connect bat with ball, he suddenly doesn’t feel so useless. My point, loyal readers,…

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30 “Reg, what’d you say to the guy?”

It’s always my standard line when there seems to be an overly exuberant response to something. And that seems to be what we’re getting tonight from the Rangers, who are turning the diehard hockey fans in Phoenix — all four of them — on their ears. You are correct, I…

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15 What to watch for: Phoenix edition

Actually, it’s Glendale, but that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it? Anyway, the Rangers are moments away from officially kicking off their West Coast trip against the Coyotes, and here’s a couple of things to look out for (if, in fact, you are still awake): Marek Malik and…

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11 Wayne and Me

While you are all busy tearing your hair out over the current state of the Rangers, I figured tonight’s meeting with the Wayne Gretzky Coyotes was a fitting time to share something I wrote upon the Great One’s retirement. The piece actually ran on the day of Gretzky’s last game,…

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22 Your wish is granted

Sort of. At minus-9 for the year, Karel Rachunek will sit his first game of the season against the ‘Yotes. To those of you who had been criticial of the defenseman, I’m assuming this is welcome news. Problem is, many of you have also been calling for youngsters Nigel Dawes…

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36 Desperation in the desert

Granted, expectations weren’t as high in Phoenix as they are here, but the Rangers apparently aren’t the only team reeling early. Look at their opponent tomorrow. The Coyotes needed the influx of a couple of minor league call-ups to win their third game of the season (though it WAS against…

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22 And now for a brief programming note

Let me start by saying this blog, however time-consuming, is actually a lot of fun. When my boss first approached me about doing one this season, I was originally reluctant because I didn’t think readers would care about the insights of a first-year beat writer. Thousands of hits and hundreds…

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58 I hear you

I try to read all of your comments, not only because I find them insightful, but also because there’s always a chance one of you is a wealthy long-lost relative who will offer to pay the rest of my mortgage. In one sense, maybe we should be glad the Rangers…

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39 With losses like these, who needs wins?

Consider me confused, which is perfectly understandable for someone who isn’t that bright to begin with. But the Rangers improve to .500 with a win in Toronto, and they spend the next three days talking as if the sky is going to fall on them. Then comes an ugly loss…

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