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71 Deep breaths, everyone

In the wake of another Rangers debacle, I doubt anyone is interested in my misadventures last night, in which I had an almost completed story before me by the middle of the second period, only to have to “scramble to rewrite”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081224/SPORTS01/812240368/-1/SPORTS once the Capitals mounted their comeback. Call it an…

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125 Chris Drury tries a Jedi mind trick

So the Rangers collapse in devastating but sadly familiar fashion, and Chris Drury somehow has found a silver lining. No, seriously. “That could be the point that gets us home-ice advantage,” Drury said. “I’m certainly not going to let it ruin my Christmas and I don’t think anyone here is…

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121 And playing the role of Grinch…(Updated)

Chris Drury was asked yesterday if it’s at all difficult to focus on hockey with Christmas rapidly approaching. “It’s almost easier because everyone’s in such a good mood getting ready for the holidays,” the Rangers captain said. “It’s the other down times when you feel like the season’s dragging and…

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95 Rangers move on without Sundin (and Potter)

The Rangers’ first practice back from their West Coast trip was the first chance for the team to address definitely forging ahead without Mats Sundin. The reaction: Oh no! We’re doomed! OK, no one said that. “We would have loved to have him join our team, there’s no doubt about…

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85 Rangers at least have something to build on

I’m not the only person “to have this reaction to last night’s loss in San Jose”:http://njmg.typepad.com/rangersblog/, that while it was still a loss, it was one in which the Rangers at least showed more than some of their wins this season. I know, no one’s interested in moral victories. But…

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189 So what now?

A lot to think about now that Mats Sundin is out of the picture: Do the Rangers look at what else is out there? Do they sit tight until the trade deadline? Do I shovel the snow as it falls, or wait for it to stop first? If only I…

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225 It’s over: Sundin signs with the Canucks (Updated)

So it turns out Glen Sather won’t have to make any magical moves to clear salary cap space: “Mats Sundin has signed with the Canucks, after all.”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=260123&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl “I am truly excited to be joining the Canucks,” said Sundin in a team statement. “Once I made the decision to return to…

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210 Now it gets complicated

So maybe everyone was getting ahead of themselves in thinking Mats Sundin was going to give the Rangers a plum discount purely out of a desire to win and the kindness of his heart. According to Larry Brooks, the free agent center “is still looking to get paid”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/12182008/sports/rangers/sundin_awaits_rangers_6m_offer_144718.htm. If Sundin…

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300 Valiquette in against Kings (Updated)

Stephen Valiquette gets the nod in goal tonight against the Kings, on the second leg of a back-to-back (this thanks to Zipay, who “chimes in from the West Coast”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/). The move makes sense on two fronts: in guarding against wear-and-tear on Henrik Lundqvist, but mostly in preventing the Rangers from…

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221 Impressive start to trip

A couple of quick hits after last night’s 3-1 win over the Ducks. <li>Dear Chris Pronger, In the spirit of the season, I will give you back your skates, even though I faked you out of them in the third period last night. Happy holidays to you and yours, Nigel…

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228 Thursday is the day

So Thursday appears to be the day that Mats Sundin will finalize his decision on whether he’ll play for the Rangers or the Canucks, “this according to a story out of Vancouver”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=259896&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nhl. ”He’s going to make a decision Thursday about the final destination,” Gillis told reporters. ”We re-iterated our position…

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172 Morning skate

I’m so sorry to hear that it’s cold and rainy on the West Coast. Really, I am. It breaks me up. In the meantime, some notes from the cozy confines of Blog Headquarters: <li>The real trading deadline isn’t for another few months, but the Rangers are confronting their own of…

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116 Agent: Rangers have offered Sundin “a framework”

J.P. Barry, the agent for Mats Sundin, disputed “a report that says Mats Sundin has already settled on the Rangers”:http://www.fan590.com/, saying the center hasn’t yet made a final decision on where he’ll play this season. But Barry also said the Rangers have made clear they want Sundin, and have even…

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77 No offer to Sundin…yet

Bob McKenzie checks in with the latest on Mats Sundin, saying that “the Rangers haven’t made a formal offer to the center”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=259800&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl, which we can all agree is kind of hard when the team doesn’t yet have much money to offer. Once a four-team race, McKenzie now says the competition…

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172 When the dominos start falling

As we’ve said all along, the Mats Sundin issue hangs around two questions for the Rangers: whether the center wants to play in New York; whether the Rangers can clear enough cap space to be able to sign him; and then whether Sundin would be willing to accept significantly less…

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77 Off to California (well, some people at least)

So the Rangers board a plane for the West Coast today, where they’ll play three games in five nights beginning Tuesday, and it turns out Corey Potter will be with them. The defenseman, who made his NHL debut a few games back against Calgary, will give the team a needed…

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44 Avery cut loose

The marriage between Sean Avery and the Dallas Stars “is over after  23 games.”:http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Ai0d1ahsJcRzbHxlb5V8R_c5nYcB?slug=ap-stars-avery&prov=ap&type=lgns The team announced that the forward won’t play for the team again, although the Stars still have to deal with that pesky detail of Avery’s contract. A trade, a waive, or a summer buyout are all…

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46 Method to his madness

If you’re going to criticize Tom Renney’s stubborn — some might call it maddening — faith in his players, then you have to give the coach credit when it pays off. Last night was “one of those examples”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081214/SPORTS01/812140404/-1/SPORTS. Not only did Renney insist on going back to Henrik Lundqvist a…

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