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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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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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