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45 Can’t resist

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut back on senseless Sean Avery rumormongering — what, that wasn’t one of yours? — but I couldn’t help but notice this Page Six item about “Avery being spotted recently at a club in New York.”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/01052009/gossip/pagesix/avery_at_large_147264.htm While that part was about as…

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169 Short-circuited again (Updated)

Remember when a shorthanded goal qualified as an extraordinary circumstance in a hockey game? As in, “Man, that game was so bad, they even allowed a shorthanded goal!” Now it’s more like, “Yeah, typical Ranger game: missed chances, shorthanded goal. You know the drill. Hey, pass the potato chips.” I…

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292 Valiquette to start in place of ill Lundqvist

The last time the Rangers faced the Capitals, it was Washington that was saddled with a sick goaltender, with Jose Theodore forced to start in place of a flu-stricken Brent Johnson (Johnson did come in briefly after the Rangers pounced on Theodore to start, but he didn’t last — nor…

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80 In a sense, the season starts today

I’ve never been a big believer in the whole “you get to start over at New Years” philosophy, mostly because it still feels like the middle of the year. In high school, you still had the same teachers. In college, you still had the same roommate who left five-day-old cans…

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53 In case you missed it

Thanks to reader Robert for passing along this comprehensive video compilation of the historic events yesterday at Wrigley. Compelling stuff. Here’s hoping the Rangers are indeed on deck for next year’s game at Yankee Stadium. <object width=”480″ height=”295″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/07LL4mIwdek&hl=en&fs=1″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/07LL4mIwdek&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”480″ height=”295″></embed></object>…

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40 To good things in 2009

We’re still camped out up here in the Green Mountain State, where the temperature is hovering around 0, and I lost feeling in my fingers for the better part of an hour. Other than that, it’s been a good trip. I’ll be back before long to return my attention to…

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74 Pond hockey in Vermont

That’s how I’ll be celebrating the new year, which can explain the lack of updates here. I’ll try to chime in when I can, but it will have to wait until after I overpower a mob of 6-year-olds on the ice. Hey, I have to feed my ego somehow. Here’s…

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162 Your long national nightmare is over

So I don’t really see what all the fuss was about. The Rangers are just fine, can’t you see that? Anyone? Hello? No, I think we can all agree tonight wasn’t so much a cure-all as it was a band-aid for the Rangers. But like I said earlier, the Rangers…

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260 Any win will do (Updated)

So the Islanders are the worst team in the NHL, and now they’re again out with Rick DiPietro, who Scott Gordon just announced will miss tonight with a strained groin. All of that would be reason for the Rangers to exhale, except, of course, they’re in no position to exhale.…

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73 Investigators say Cherepanov was blood doping

Investigators looking into the death of Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov say the 2007 first-round draft pick “had been blood doping for several months”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3797614 on top of suffering from myocarditis, a condition where not enough blood gets to the heart. Russia’s federal Investigative Committee said experts concluded from analysis of blood…

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38 Stuck with six

Well, if Tom Renney is going to deprive any defensemen of ice time for not delivering on expectations, he’ll have to deprive them in 2009. With Corey Potter going back to Hartford yet again, the Rangers are back to having only six blueliners, which means Renney isn’t in a position…

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134 A peek at the rearview mirror (Updated)

When it became apparent shortly after July 1 that this was going to be the group the Rangers would forge ahead with, my theory on how the team would fare went something like this: Without some of the heavyweights who comprised the core of the team the previous two seasons,…

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118 “Brain-dead hockey”

Well, give the Rangers credit: this time, no one was trying to dress this game up as anything other than what it was. “Awful,” Tom Renney said. “Brain-dead hockey.” It is reaching a point where changes have to be considered, and when I asked players about the specter of this…

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171 Orr to play, Potter ready to go (Updated)

Colton Orr’s condition has improved enough that he is expected to play tonight against the Devils, meaning Petr Prucha will be a scratch for the eighth straight game (Prucha will take part in warm-ups as a precaution). That leaves Corey Potter filling in for Michal Rozsival, who is out for…

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37 If only to dream

However dim you think the future is for the Rangers, it’s safe to say they will not be in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in next June’s draft. After watching this goal by John Tavares in the World Junior Championship, you wonder if the team should consider…

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73 Rozsival out tonight; Potter up

So it turns out only part of the previous post was accurate. Michael Rozsival is out tonight because of what the Rangers are describing as family reasons, and though Corey Potter was not up in time for the morning skate, he will play tonight against the Devils. Potter, playing his…

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5 Not so fast

If Petr Prucha’s presence on the ice (along with Dan Fritsche) after everyone else retreated to the locker room is any indication, the forward will not play tonight against the Devils after all. Colton Orr and Michal Rozsival missed the skate altogether, but in the absence of a Corey Potter…

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47 Prucha may get another look against Devils

A few notes after the Rangers’ first practice back from the two-day Christmas break: <li>The on-again, off-again Petr Prucha saga took another twist today with Prucha working in on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Lauri Korpikoski. Should this happen, Fred Sjostrom would go back to the fourth line and…

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18 Back to reality

Here’s hoping everyone enjoyed their holiday. We have an interfaith dynamic going on here at Blog Headquarters, which carries with it a number of repercussions, but one is that our kids essentially pull the jackpot lever every December. In fact, should one day you notice I’ve ceased posting here, it…

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60 Just to be clear

Since there seems to be some confusion behind the message of the previous post, a quick clarification: When I urge fans to take a deep breath and perhaps step away from hockey for a moment, I say so not to try to convince anyone that all is well with your…

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