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8 We were duped!

I never claimed to be all that bright, and today serves as the latest example. It turns out the infamous pairing of Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan that “we all debated ad nauseum yesterday”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/04/68/ is not going to happen after all — or at least not for tonight’s season opener…

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21 Maybe it’s the heat

In my long distinguished career on the Rangers beat — now at three weeks and counting — today might go down as the oddest. I knew something was awry when Cindy Adams, the longtime New York Post gossip columnist, meandered into the MSG Training Center, and sat down to watch…

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1 Are you sure it’s hockey season?

I just went for a run in near-80 degree temperatures, which means either: A) I am currently in Ecuador, or.. B) The hockey season is set to open in most un-hockey-like conditions. I suppose this is only fitting given that baseball is dominating the sports dialogue these days anyway, but…

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9 And then there were 23

Show of hands, who had Stephen Valiquette in their Rangers roster pool? Me neither. The team sent both Ivan Baranka and Jarko Immonen back to Hartford today in time for a 3 p.m. deadline to submit their 23-man roster to the NHL. But as far as I can tell, the…

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0 Still waiting

A brief programming note: I’m still waiting on an official release from the Rangers as far as their final roster moves — there was a 3 p.m. deadline — to start the season. I’ve heard some names floated, but in the interest of accuracy, I’m going to wait until I…

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22 OK, your turn

Update: These responses are tremendous — all very insightful. In fact, I’m beginning to think I’m no longer necessary around here. Either way, keep them coming. Meanwhile, the Rangers had their second day at Lake George today, and both defenseman Michal Rozsival and goaltender Kevin Weekes skated a full practice.…

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8 New wrinkle?

For weeks now we’ve been talking about the difficult personnel decisions the Rangers face in constructing their opening night roster, almost all of it having to do with prospects. What we didn’t count on was the erratic play of a veteran like Darius Kasparaitis. Still nursing injuries to his shoulder…

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6 See, I told you not to worry.

Actually, I never said that. Nevertheless, the Rangers finally awoke from their power play slumber, going 4-for-11 tonight in a 5-3 win over the Bruins after an unsightly 0-for-41 run through the first six games of the preseason. Better yet, look at who scored: Shanahan on a 5-on-3, Jagr on…

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5 Staal, Dubinsky and Lessard gone

More on this later, but here’s the release from the Rangers: New York, September 30, 2006 — New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has reassigned three players from training camp. Defenseman Marc Staal was reassigned to the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario…

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10 Past my prime

Greetings on an important day in American history, otherwise known as my 32nd birthday (please, no gifts. Your loyal readership is plenty). Just think, if I was an NHL player, there’d be some yahoo like me in the press box questioning if I was over the hill. Instead I have…

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3 Post-game musings….

In a fitting book-end to the evening, the Islanders Ice Dancers are back on the ice practicing their routines before an empty arena. You see, that’s what makes them the Ice Dancers that they are. They’re never satisfied. Either that, or no one has told them they can leave… On…

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4 Through two…

There is something going on on the ice right now involving a golf cart and a girl with a microphone. Hey, I just report what I see. Anyway, we’re at 1-1 after an eventful second. Including: * Remember what I said about Karel Rachunek? Maybe I should say the same…

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2 Looks like he remembers how to play

No score at the end of one from the Island, but plenty to discuss. For instance: * Jagr looked like you’d expect someone like him to look in the first game of the season, brilliant one second, a bit sloppy the next. He, Shanahan, and Nylander had a few opportunities…

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11 Jagr a go…

Not sure what’s more intriguing — that Jaromir Jagr will be making his preseason debut tonight on Strong Island, or that he’ll be doing it alongside Brendan Shanahan. Naturally, there are plusses and minuses to putting two superstars on the same line. The positives are apparent: it makes for a…

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19 Enigma wrapped in a blue jersey

Our European correspondent has posed a worthwhile question about Marcel Hossa, and I’ll pass along an observation from someone who knows more about this team than I do. It goes something like this: if Hossa’s last name was not Hossa — meaning he was not somehow linked to his more…

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9 These guys are good

Already this year, a recurrent theme around the Rangers has to do with expectations. As in, last year there were none. And now there are plenty. It seems to apply to everyone, too: to Henrik Lundqvist, “who is expected to revert to the form he had for most of last…

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10 Two more gone…

Looks like the Greg Moore-Daniel Girardi era in New York is going to have to wait. The Rangers haven’t made an official announcement, but neither are on the ice right now for practice. I don’t think that’s much of a surprise, although it sounds like some of you had already…

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5 Post-game musings….

— Kids, here’s hoping you saw Adam Hall’s goal in the second period. There’s a reason why hockey coaches implore their players to go hard to the net and Hall showed why, digging up his own rebound and then stuffing it in for the game’s only goal. It was textbook…