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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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27 Post-game musings

Sorry for the delay in posting, but it’s good to see you all aren’t taking the loss hard… A couple of quick thoughts before I keel over from exhaustion: I actually switched up and ventured over to the Panthers’ locker room to talk to Gregory Campbell, who I actually wrote…

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34 Yikes

I’m not sure that’s the period the Rangers were looking for after three days of we-need-to-protect-the-puck-better-in-our-end mantras. Look, I’m not an NHL coach, but I’m pretty sure being better in your own end does NOT include direct passes to the opposition. But, you know, maybe it’s some sort of radical…

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5 The dreaded third jersey

I can’t say I’ve ever been a big fan, mostly because the Rangers’ liberty logo seemed to symbolize this proud organization’s years as a laughingstock. Nonetheless, the Rangers will be making the debut of their third jerseys tonight against the Panthers, and maybe that’s fitting. If you’re looking to harken…

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9 John Amirante is warming up in the bathroom.

Not sure if there’s news value in that, but I figured I’d share nonetheless. The strange part is that the longtime national anthem crooner was singing “I Want to Rock and Roll All Night (and Party Every Day)” by KISS…. I’m kidding, of course….. He only sings that post-game….

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17 “Congratulations on a fine return….

….now have a seat in the stands.” I’m not sure that’s exactly how the conversation went between Tom Renney and Sandis Ozolinsh, but it was certainly the essence. After a respectable showing by the seven-time All-Star in his first game of the season on Saturday, Renney has rewarded the player…

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2 Finally, a game day

It’s good to see I wasn’t the only writer to “bang the panic drum in my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061025/SPORTS01/610250373/1046/SPORTS. But as my counterpart Steve Zipay at Newsday rightly pointed out, this may in part be attributed to the Rangers having too many days off in a row. Give a hockey writer…

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14 More from today

One of the problems with this blog is that, in the interest of timeliness, I often post updates before I get a chance to completely go through my notes. I can’t say for sure, but word is Hemingway had the same problem with his blog back in the day. Anyway,…

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24 Dark days

Contrary to what you may believe, the Rangers are not the worst team in hockey. Nor, for that matter, are they even below .500. But if you were to take the temperature of the team after an otherwise non-descript off-day practice, you’d almost get the sense the Rangers still haven’t…

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14 Where have you gone, Jan Erixon?

Disregard the obvious reasons for a moment — you know, that I’m a 160-pound forward of middling ability — and I’m still pretty sure I’m not what Tom Renney and the Rangers are looking for right now. I was thinking about this around 10 o’clock last night, in the midst…

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16 Kick or stick?

The discussion over a potential roster move on defense begs the question: Who is expendable on this team? Granted, there’s a lot to consider: age, productivity, salary, depth at a given position. I’m pretty sure most Rangers fans don’t want to go down the same prospects-for-stars road that was traveled…

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20 Embarrassment of riches?

Please note the deep sarcasm above when describing the Rangers group of defensemen. The team is carrying eight right now, and outside of one or two, I’m not sure any of them have distinguished themselves as anything more than occasionally — emphasis on occassionally — competent. With the team set…

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6 And it’s not even November

It’s remarkable to me how quickly the Flyers went from a team that the Rangers were genuinely conncerned about — and “rightfully so”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061011/SPORTS01/610110377/1108/SPORTS01, it turns out — to a team that is “in utter disarray”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2634817. Without the benefit of any real insight into what’s going on with our friends to…

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14 Take a deep breath

The Rangers are having their Family Day at the MSG Training Center the afternoon after….well, what was it exactly? A resilient road win? Another showcase of their myriad flaws? A little bit of both? Either way, the team is 4-4 with what is likely a difficult stretch of hockey ahead,…

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27 Three to watch

The Rangers are already at a stage when every player is subject to a closer look, but given the recent changes, here’s the three I’m most interested in monitoring tonight against the Maple Leafs. Jaromir Jagr: As Tom Renney said the other night, when No. 68 is back to full…

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9 Second chance?

As a reporter, I don’t have a vested interest one way or another in “whether Sandis Ozolinsh succeeds in his second go-round with the Rangers”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061021/SPORTS01/610210363/1034/SPORTS. From a purely cynical perspective, you might say some of his missteps last year made for a better story. But personally, I’m a sucker for…

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14 Extreme Makeover: Rangers edition

If there wasn’t already a sense of urgency around the Rangers after falling to 3-4 in Wednesday night’s slopfest against Nashville, there was the sight of the team skating to completely different line combinations this morning. Put it this way: the only combination still intact is the defensive pairing of…

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12 Game 7 is under way

I grew up loving baseball, and the Mets in particular, but having lived through the drama of Game 6 against the Sox, it’ll be tough for me to ever match the same level of excitement (hopefully my brother and best friend don’t read this blog, because they’d both disown me…

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39 “And now at defense for the Rangers…”

OK, that’s probably a cheap shot at a certain lumbering Rangers defenseman, although word is Frankenstein was pretty good on the odd man rush in his day (Just an aside here, I don’t have an explanation for why this particular Frankenstein is carrying a stack of of books, although knowledge…

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