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8 I’m freezing, and you’re to blame…

If there were more of you at this game tonight, maybe the Garden wouldn’t be so cold and I’d actually be able to feel my toes. Note to self: gain at least 10 pounds for the hockey season. Anyway, a couple of thoughts as I regain circulation: — Good first…

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3 Pre-game thoughts

A few morsels to chew on before the puck drops: — Henrik Lundqvist said today that he’s moving into Manhattan in part because there wasn’t enough to do in White Plains. As a Westchester native, I find myself offended, outraged, and, of course, in complete agreement with him…. — Apparently…

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1 And the winner is…..

Greetings from the Garden. Since I know you won’t sleep until you have the results, it turns out Nigel Dawes and Brandon Dubinsky tied for the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top rookie in camp. The award is named after the former Winnipeg Jet captain who later became a Rangers…

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5 Three more to go before it counts…

First, thanks to all for the quick responses to my query about the state of hockey. Please keep them coming. Next up, anyone available to clean my gutters? But seriously, here’s a quick look at tonight’s lineup. Henrik Lundqvist gets the nod in goal and is expected to play the…

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6 In need of your help

As we approach the start of the regular season, I’m going to be working on a story about where hockey is a year after the end of the lockout. Is the game in better shape than it was? Is it still struggling to work its way back into the mainstream?…

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4 You hit him. No, YOU hit him….

Perhaps it was an encouraging sign that Jaromir Jagr was back taking part in a full practice this morning, even looking a bit like his old self in the process. The problem is, for a player still looking to see how his left shoulder will withstand contact five months after…

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5 Looking for Moore

Today’s “story looks at Greg Moore”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060926/SPORTS01/609260357/1046/SPORTS, who threw himself into contention for a forward spot with a strong preseason effort last week, and who survived another round of cuts this morning. Hartford Wolf Pack You may notice I’ve been spending a fair amount of time talking about prospects of late,…

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2 Jagr cleared…

Tom Renney announced after tonight’s 5-2 loss to the Islanders that team doctors have cleared Jaromir Jagr to begin full practices with the team immediately. Granted, it’s still a question of when the right wing can play in an actual game, but since the clearance from doctors was the major…

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2 At the end of one…

Tough to say who’s getting more boos: Tom Poti, who is new to the Islanders after an underwhelming tenure with the Rangers; or Rick DiPietro, who is fresh off signing his head-scratching 15-year-contract. As far as the loudest cheers,the clear winner was Diane Lozada, who sang the national anthem. The…

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1 Big Brother is watching…

In the “Whatever you do, don’t trip over the red line” department, Tom Renney will be eschewing his coaching duties tonight so he can watch his team ominously from above the ice surface. No pressure for the handful of prospects he’ll be scouting, of course. It’s only their season, their…

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10 Welcome back

A note on the board in the Rangers dressing room at the MSG Training Center today read: “Dominic, ‘Suit Guy’ from Montreal Coming Tomorrow.” That’s when you know you’ve made it to the NHL. I don’t think “Suit Guys” are making calls to players in Hartford, and if they are,…

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1 Are you sure these games don’t count?

So the Rangers are 3-0 so far in the preseason, which I suppose is a more promising sign than being 0-3 and looking like their skates have all been tied together. If you’re bothering to play the game , especially if you’ve “traveled more than a thousand miles just to…

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8 Hockey Night in San Juan

It’s a tough phrase to get used to. Right up there with “Deep Sea Fishing Day in Omaha.” Alas, dear readers, I did not make the trek to Puerto Rico for tonight’s festivities, which hardly makes me unique. Of the Rangers’ beat writers, I’m pretty sure only the industrious Steve…

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4 Cancel the season

The Rangers are apparently headed to the world famous Bacardi plant in San Juan for a tour and dinner right about now. I’m going to resist the urge to say that a hockey team and enormous quantities of rum sounds like a disturbing the peace citation waiting to happen….

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9 In favor of a new point of view

My man Matthias, who will hereafter be known as “our European correspondent”, just triggered something and I want to throw it out there while it’s fresh in my head. His question specifically was about hockey games on the web, but the subject was hockey broadcasts in general: If you haven’t…

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16 “The $60,000 question”

That was how Tom Renney referred to the current debate within the Rangers over how to handle some of its more promising young players (here’s “my story on the issue in today’s paper”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060922/SPORTS01/609220371/1046/SPORTS). The dilemma looks something like this: for prospects like Brandon Dubinsky, Nigel Dawes and Marc Staal, is…

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21 Puerto Rico lineup set

Not a whole of surprises in terms of who is making the trip south for the Rangers’ preseason game in Puerto Rico, although it’s worth noting that Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky, and Nigel Dawes are all on board. Jaromir Jagr took part in the team’s workout prior to their flight…

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1 The real youth movement…

A late night has turned into an early morning for yours truly. I’m suddenly discovering one downside to a dual existence of hockey writer and father of a 16-month-old: You may care that I was there to chronicle the Rangers’ solid effort in their preseason home opener last night. But…

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8 Post-game musings

— Upon further review, the Rangers reversed their decision and now they are bringing Al Montoya to Puerto Rico. So, to review: Al Montoya and Stephen Valiquette are going to Puerto Rico. Henrik Lundqvist and Kevin Weekes are staying in New York. Eddie Giacomin is still retired…. — In other…

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1 Final: Rangers 2, Devils 0

A pretty tepid third period, the highlight being Brendan Shanahan looking like a modern day Reg Dunlop by playing an entire shift without a helmet. Again, not sure you can get too excited by a pre-season win, but you can if you consider the individual efforts of the likes of…