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424 Quiet roll continues (Updated)

There are two choices on snowy days like today: You can either spend hours at the airport in the small hope of actually getting off the ground and making it to  Pittsburgh. Or you can decide long ago — or better yet, have it decided for you — that you…

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44 Scott Gomez isn’t such a goofball, after all

For all the heat Scott Gomez takes — some of it certainly deserved — for being inconsistent on the ice and an occasional clown in interviews, the way he spent his All-Star break says something about his aspirations for this season. Because while a bunch of Rangers dispersed for points…

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63 Rangers place Fritsche on waivers

The Rangers have confirmed that they placed Dan Fritsche on waivers. It’s unclear whether this is a precautionary move to clear up salary cap space for down the road, or a precursor to something else more imminent. Either way, this is probably an overdue measure for Glen Sather. But as…

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99 Rangers goal: home-ice advantage (Updated)

Our crack research staff here at Blog Headquarters — also known as me with a dog-eared media guide — says the Rangers haven’t had home-ice advantage in a playoff series since an opening-round win against the Canadiens in 1996. (First prize to the reader who can guess the team’s top…

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82 Valiquette to start against Canes

A couple of quick hits after practice: <li>Stephen Valiquette will start tomorrow against Carolina to give Henrik Lundqvist a chance to rest up for Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh. Lundqvist said practice wasn’t optional for him today, but the Rangers’ occasional spare practice goalie Chad Killam (a former Manhattanville College) goalie…

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43 Lundqvist on ice

Henrik Lundqvist and the rest of the Rangers are back on the ice for their first practice after the All-Star Break. It appears the lines for tomorrow will be the same as last Tuesday’s win over Anaheim, meaning Petr Prucha and Lauri Korpikoski would again be scratches.

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26 Richter mulling House run

Mike Richter’s on-again, off-again flirtation with a run for political office is back on, or at least it is “according to this story”:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/01/24/2009-01-24_former_rangers_goalie_mike_richter_may_t.html, which says the former Rangers goaltender might make a run at the House seat soon to be vacated by Senator-designate Kirsten Gillibrand. I’m not sure where Richter…

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34 Misery has company

A stomach bug has descended upon Blog Headquarters, which is one of the reasons for the dearth of posts of late. The good news is I’m the only member of the house currently upright. The bad news? Well, let’s just say my wardrobe has had better days. Regardless, the Rangers…

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241 Break? What break?

The amount of hockey I play is inversely proportionate to the amount of hockey the Rangers play. So, for instance, when the team is on the ice every day and is in the middle of a three-in-four night stretch, I’m probably not going to have a chance to lace ‘em…

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303 Reflections at the break…

I am as guilty as anyone of poking holes in the Rangers’ record this season, as if it’s all a result of smoke, mirrors, and creative accounting. “The most frustrating first-place team in history.” I’ve had more than one person describe the Rangers as that to me, and given their…

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220 Fish for dinner (and other imminent concerns)

Alas, dear readers, this is another one of those games when if all communication should cease after a certain point, I would look no further than the offering in the press room dining room. A smart man would probably avoid it altogether. I have never claimed to being all that…

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76 Shanny scores, Rangers wince

How exactly should you feel about Brendan Shanahan scoring a goal in his Devils debut? I don’t know. That’s a personal question. But I’d gather there’s at least a tinge of regret in seeing a one-time heart-and-soul Blueshirt now celebrating in Devils red-white-and-black (and wearing No. 18, no less). It’s…

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277 Time to stay or stray? (Updated)

If there’s been one possible silver lining to the Rangers’ play of late, it is the fact that Tom Renney has managed to keep the same general lines together for several weeks. Or maybe it’s “had.” Because after yesterday’s listless showing in Pittsburgh, it’s easy to envision Renney jumbling his…

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376 Pittsburgh revisited

My lasting memory of my last trip to Pittsburgh will be in the aftermath of the Rangers’ Game 5 loss to the Penguins in last spring’s Eastern Conference Semifinals. We were waiting in the cramped visitors’ locker room for Jaromir Jagr to emerge, knowing full well he likely played his…

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143 Rangers overcome plenty

If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t have believed a team could overcome so many questionable penalties — leading to five Chicago 5-on-3s! —  to prevail as the Rangers did last night in Chicago. Kudos to them for maintaining their composure when it would have been very easy to unravel…

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422 Extra set of eyes

I asked a couple of players yesterday if there’s any added pressure playing two games in front of their fathers this weekend. I know that might sound ridiculous. These are millionaire athletes who play in packed arenas. Some have played in Stanley Cup Finals and Olympics. But dads are different,…

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212 Quick hits before the live chat

Walked into the practice rink today and was met by 20 or so familiar looking middle-aged men. That’s right, many of the Rangers’ fathers bear a striking resemblance to their sons. My personal favorite was meeting Jaakko Korpikoski (aka Mr. Korpedo), who approached me to say he’s a big reader…

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54 Don’t forget, live chat tomorrow at 1

Both Zipay and Obernauer are busy promoting their own live chats, which I certainly won’t discourage you from checking out. But remember, mine tomorrow will have the added allure of video. If that sounds too good to be true, I should remind you that the person on the video will…

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