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78 Shoot the puck, Rosie!

At times it seems like asking Michal Rozsival to talk about the importance of shooting is like asking a third-grader to expound on the virtues of broccoli. He might know it’s good for him, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to do anything about it. And so it was today…

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77 On this Halloween

On this Halloween, you have the right to be superstitious. As in, “There’s no way they can keep this up.” It’s probably true. At this rate, the Rangers would finish with 63 wins and 132 points, which I believe would be some sort of record* (*actually, the  wins would be…

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59 All in a night’s work

 So what was more impressive by Nikolai Zherdev tonight — the ridiculous, water-bottle-lifting goal, the game-winning assist, or the hustle to catch Todd White from behind on the breakaway? Call me a purist, but I actually vote for the backcheck. You heard it here first, Zherdev for the Selke. “It…

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98 Jessiman grateful for the opportunity

Calling from the airport, where he was awaiting a flight to Milwaukee of the AHL, Hugh Jessiman could have been bitter. The player was anything but. “I have nothing but gratitude for the New York Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack,” said the 24-year-old wing. “They molded me into a…

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40 Rangers trade Hugh Jessiman

The Rangers have given up on the Hugh Jessiman Experiment, trading the first round draft pick from 2003 to Nashville for future considerations. Needless to say, given how high Jessiman was picked (12th overall) and how little they’re getting in return, this is an admission on the Rangers’ part that…

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104 Back to the drawing board again (Updated)

Three straight wins are apparently not enough to lock into anything at this early juncture, which explains why Tom Renney was toying with new lines for tonight against Atlanta. Note the return of Chris Drury to wing alongside Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund’ a reunion of the Playstation line; and…

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105 Breaking news: Shanahan turns the page (Updated)

Since the start of training camp, there was never more than an outside chance that Brendan Shanahan was going to return to the Rangers. Now there’s not even that. Larry Brooks gets the story “this afternoon from No. 14″:http://www.nypost.com/seven/10292008/sports/rangers/shanahan_wont_wait_for_rangers_135879.htm, who says he is done waiting for Glen Sather and will…

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42 Jagr in Russia

Somehow I missed “this story about the KHL and Jaromir Jagr”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/sports/playmagazine/112Russia.html in the most recent issue of the New York Times sports magazine, Play. Life being what is, I just recycled all of last week’s papers without even knowing of its existence. (Somewhere, one of our younger readers is asking,…

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48 As the world turns, Patrick Rissmiller remains in limbo

Is it a coincidence that ever since the Rangers put Patrick Rissmiller on waivers, they’ve won three straight? Yes, it is, actually. I’m pretty sure there is no correlation. But that doesn’t change the fact that Rissmiller’s situation is a peculiar one. The deal is this: although Rissmiller cleared waivers…

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100 Anatomy of a fast start

Whether the Rangers are really the best team in the NHL, or even worthy of being in the conversation, is not something I’m ready to tackle. But I do know they have the league’s best record. How do you explain it? On this off day for your favorite hockey team,…

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61 Dubinsky emerges from Renney’s doghouse

No, that wasn’t an emergency skate problem or an ingrown toenail that had Brandon Dubinsky sitting out a couple of shifts in the first period tonight against the Islanders. That was a second-year center drawing his coach’s ire for a couple of sloppy penalties, and forced to enjoy the view…

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222 Beware the “trap game”

Update, 1:30 p.m.: It sounds like the Rangers will be seeing Joey MacDonald in net and not Rick DiPietro. The Islanders will make a formal announcement later today based on the DiPietro’s visit with doctors. Earlier: Let’s see, the Rangers are atop the NHL standings right now and the Islanders…

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41 Fine-tuning before the Islanders

The lines that started out last night were intact for today’s short practice, most notably with Petr Prucha at right wing alongside Brandon Dubinsky and Aaron Voros. That line was just OK against the Penguins, but I thought Prucha and Dubinsky were most effective in the third period, when Voros…

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91 On second thought

I take back everything I said about the Rangers’ struggles to score goals, because they obviously came up with two huge ones tonight. And in theory, tonight could have a springboard effect. Because every time the Rangers face a deficit like they did against the Penguins, they can point to…

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36 Renney expects to coach tonight

So there’s your answer: Word from the Rangers is Tom Renney plans to be behind the bench tonight, after all. We’ll know he’s not 100 percent if he suddenly puts Blair Betts out on the power play. The coach will do his normal media availability at 5 tonight, so we’ll…

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29 Renney’s status for tonight unclear

Tom Renney was at the MSG Training Center this morning before what was expected to be a lightly-attended pre-game skate, but he didn’t hang around long. Still unclear is if the coach, who is still recovering from a stick to the head last night in Columbus, will be behind the…

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39 Renney “hanging in there”

Those were the words of a Rangers spokesman when describing Tom Renney’s condition after the coach was hit in the head with a stick in the second period. Still no word if Renney officially suffered a concussion, although I’d be surprised if he didn’t. Also no word if the coach…

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