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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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122 On Voros, dads, and yoga…

Some quick notes from today’s non-practice: <li>Just a quick off-ice workout for the Rangers today. Tom Renney said he wanted to mix things up, and didn’t even have the video session he was planning. That part will come tomorrow, and it sounds like there will be plenty to discuss. <li>That…

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21 In search of answers

The Rangers reversed course and opted for an off-ice workout session today, but the plan was to still have an extensive video review of last night’s “adventures and misadventures against the lowly Isles”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20090114/SPORTS01/901140386/-1/SPORTS. I’ll check in with news then. In the meantime, don’t forget we’re coming back with a live…

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302 No news is good news…(Updated)

…unless you’re Aaron Voros or Dan Fritsche. Both players are again scratches, as expected. Markus Naslund’s groin is fine. Beyond that, not a lot of hard news to report. The Rangers are obviously leery of taking the Islanders lightly, which is easy to do against the team with the worst…

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39 Live chat Thursday at 1

Due to popular demand (or because my boss said I have to), we’ll be bringing back the live video chat Thursday at 1. Tell your friends! Bring a date! (Actually, don’t do that. You’ll give the rest of us a bad name if that’s your version of a good date).…

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124 Rangers, Zherdev talking contract

Larry Brooks has the story this morning of the “Rangers beginning contract talks with Nikolai Zherdev”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/01132009/sports/rangers/blueshirts__zherdev_talk_new_contract_149935.htm. Zherdev is due to be a restricted free agent at season’s end, but if the team has aspirations of preventing an offer sheet extended to him from another team, they could lock him in…

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93 Petr Prucha doesn’t read this blog

I won’t take it personally that Petr Prucha says he doesn’t pay much attention to what’s being written about the team, or more specifically, him. If anything with Prucha it’s a necessary measure of self-preservation. During most of the last few seasons and definitely during the Mats Sundin Saga, Prucha’s…

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83 Breath of fresh air

For a team that is riding a scintillating one-game winning streak, the Rangers were a buoyant bunch at practice today, a mood best encapsulated by an impromptu 55th birthday celebration for trainer Bruce “The Masseuse” Lifrieri. After the entire team gathered in a trainer’s room for the surprise, Paul Mara…

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146 How good can this league be? (Updated)

Marcel Hossa had a “hat trick in the KHL All-Star Game yesterday”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rumRSWRIQ0. I’m going let that thought sink in for a few moments. In other news, three outstanding individual efforts highlighted the Rangers’ win in Ottawa last night: Petr Prucha’s persisence in setting up Brandon Dubinsky’s first goal; Nikolai Zherdev’s…

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