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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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143 Sanguinetti up; could play against Sens

With Michal Rozsival (facial injuries) in question for tonight, the Rangers have made the unexpected decision to call Bobby Sanguinetti up from Hartford. The New Jersey native and first-round draft pick frm 2006 would make his NHL debut if he plays. Have to say I’m surprised by this. I know…

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77 Jagr hints at NHL return

In a number of news reports, Jaromir Jagr “has hinted at his willingness to return to the NHL,”:http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/22224-THNcom-Blog-Jagr-says-return-to-Penguins-not-out-of-the-question.html where he said he’d even play for the league minimum salary in Pittsburgh. Jagr has also been in contact with Rangers coach Tom Renney, which is another sign that he’s unhappy in…

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493 Crucial stretch (Updated)

The best news for the Rangers yesterday, other than Henrik Lundqvist’s All-Star selection, is that the Thrashers pounced on the Devils, meaning the Rangers hold onto fifth place in the Eastern Conference. It’s a long way from those heady autumn days when the thought of home-ice through the playoffs wasn’t…

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231 Lundqvist an All-Star (Updated)

Henrik Lundqvist was “indeed tapped today to represent the Rangers in the All-Star Game later this month in Montreal”:http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=402847&navid=DL|NHL|home. In other breaking news, the Rangers are wearing skates today at practice. It will be Lundqvist’s first All-Star appearance after being a Vezina Trophy finalist his first three seasons in the…

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36 Guest post: Rangers lack starpower

I’m fortunate today to be able to introduce a rare guest post by my friend and colleague Sam Borden, who despite being a former goalie, is actually a pretty sharp guy. Sam laments something many of you have noted as well this year — the conspicuous absence of a go-to-guy…

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32 Familiar story

Some red-eyed thoughts the morning after a momentum-killing loss to the Habs: <li>If not for the team’s up-and-down play the past month, this loss would have been easy to stomach. The Rangers played hard, arguably controlled most of the game, but took some inopportune penalties and didn’t have Henrik Lundqvist…

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51 Rangers say they deserved better

I’m not a big fan of stories that focus on one-sided officiating, but that was clearly a predominant topic in the Rangers locker room after the game. And that included Tom Renney, who made the rare concession that he probably needs to be more active in complaining to officials. “Maybe…

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233 On Korpikoski, Fritsche, and donuts….

We’re running late, but so is the game (a 7:30 start thanks to TSN), so let’s get on with it. Some notes: <li>As noted earlier, no lineup changes tonight, which means Dan Fritsche and Lauri Korpikoski will be the scratches. That’s two straight games in the press box for Korpikoski,…

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