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249 Slight progress for Gomez (Updated)

There now appears to be at least a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to Scott Gomez’s troublesome ankle. Although the Rangers center didn’t skate again today and will not play for the fourth straight game, Tom Renney said Gomez did show marked signs of improvement…

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17 Scouts?

For the conspiracy theorists out there, let the record show that there will be a staggering 17 scouts in attendance for tonight’s tilt against the Canucks, including two each from L.A., the Islanders, and Florida (GM Jacques Martin among them). Open market on Petr Prucha? Maybe. More likely is the…

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209 Getting to know the West (Updated)

I’m just confirming this now, but word is that the team the Rangers are playing tonight, the Vancouver Canucks, are in fact members of the National Hockey League. Go figure. I never got the memo. Like it or not, the impact of the new NHL schedule is already being felt,…

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131 Zherdev takes a pass on star

So why didn’t Nikolai Zherdev come out when he was named the game’s second star last night? It was not a communication issue, as some have speculated. Instead, it was a case of the young wing deciding he didn’t deserve the recognition after a game in which he was benched,…

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106 Up is down

So if you had to guess.. Which coach tonight said he was proud of each and every one of his players for a “heck of a game”? And which coach talked about the need to be more consistent, the need to attack more, and who was asked to defend everything…

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158 Wade Redden, this is your life

Naturally there was the obligatory media scrum around Wade Redden downstairs just now, when we asked the former Ottawa defenseman about playing his old team. The plan is to re-enact the same scene Wednesday when Markus Naslund faces Vancouver. Come to think of it, maybe we can just dust off…

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171 Oh yeah, us too

I just noticed that the indefatigable Peter Abraham has set up a “Facebook fan page”:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34715657699 for “his Yankees blog”:http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ With that in mind, I should mention “we have one set up, too”:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56996970648, which could be a cool way for some of you get to know one another outside of your…

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32 Gomez out, Naslund in, Dawes bashful

That’s about the extent of the news from today’s optional morning skate before the Rangers face the struggling Ottawa Senators tonight. Among the notes: Scott Gomez skated this morning — on his own and without equipment — but will not play for the third straight game. “It is what it…

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36 Does it get any easier?

So which player will be subjected to greater scrutiny tonight against the Ottawa Senators — the player who spent 11 seasons in an Ottawa uniform; or the one who bobbled his way into the Rangers fans’ doghouse on Saturday night? That seems to be the “topic du jour”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/11172008/sports/rangers/redden_vs__sens_promises_drama_139066.htm. I won’t…

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46 Reunion week at the Garden

At some point Wade Redden and Markus Naslund will probably compare notes on how to deal with facing their old teams this week. Redden is up first against Ottawa tomorrow, followed by Naslund Wednesday against Vancouver. The task is probably made easier by the fact that both players are now…

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107 Renney goes to bat for Rozsival

If you’ve been paying enough attention to Tom Renney during his tenure in New York, then you know the coach isn’t likely to sell out a player to the media. And if one of those players had a particularly regrettable game, as Michal Rozsival did tonight, then you can count…

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120 From the Garden: Northeast corridor showdown

Some notes before tonight’s ORIGINAL SIX match-up (I felt it needed to be capitalized): <li>Is Scott Gomez’s ankle injury more serious than originally thought? That depends. The fact that Gomez is out again proves it hasn’t healed as quickly as everyone hoped (I say “everyone” but the Bruins probably aren’t…

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15 Gomez out again

Scott Gomez’s ankle injury will keep him out of the lineup again tonight. The Rangers are expected to skate with the same lines as Wednesday’s win over the Devils. More on Gomez’s status and other tidbits later…

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16 Gomez status uncertain

We bypassed the morning skate today in favor of a 4-year-old birthday party — I am just now coming down off my sugar high — so we’ll have to find out later whether Scott Gomez is a possibility for tonight against the Bruins. The guess here is no based on…

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68 Was it the mullet?

“The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired Barry Melrose”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=255866&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl. Apparently it only hit them today that Melrose had been out of coaching for 13 years and might not connect with players. ”This was a tough decision to make,” Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton said. ”Barry is a good…

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51 Early test

Some notes after a spirited practice at the MSG Training Center: <li>Scott Gomez is still day-to-day with an ankle injury, and didn’t practice today. Tom Renney said he’ll check on Gomez’s status in the morning, so there’s at least the chance he’ll play tomorrow night against the Bruins. But don’t…

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47 Has Sather “cemented” his legacy? That depends…

Sure, it’s possible that Glen Sather is prepared to step aside as Rangers president and GM to make way for Brian Burke, an idea that has been given life by “ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=3699161 and others. Sather is 65. He’s already reached the mountaintop a number of times as an NHL…

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70 Mark it down

A couple of scheduling items: <li>Mike Dougherty, who is covering the Giants this season for The Journal News and Lohud.com, will be joining the wild world of live video chats by hosting one tomorrow at noon. Give the guy some love by “going here”:www.LoHud.com/giantsjournallive (just don’t ask why Paul Mara…

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73 The burden of potential

Never mind what the Rangers can be. That part we all have down pat. We know they can be a relentless forechecking team that “can get offense from different segments of its lineup”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081113/SPORTS01/811130480/-1/SPORTS. We know they can be gritty enough to be an unpleasant opponent. We know Michal Rozsival can…

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