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85 Day off for Gomez (Updated)

I’ve been derailed today by a golf assignment, but Jeff Gold just checked in from practice to say Scott Gomez, who has apparently been fighting the flu, is not on the ice. Meanwhile, Gomez’s absence does delay any possibly line reconfigurations that Tom Renney may have been contemplating. It’s a…

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76 And back to earth they crash

Whether or not the Paul Mara penalty was the turning point of the game tonight  — put it this way: it certainly didn’t help — it does come with a backstory. Most of you know it: Patrick Kaleta’s high hit on Mara last season is what broke the Rangers defenseman’s…

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125 From the Garden, history awaits

Tom Renney shrugged at a question just now about what the best start in franchise history would mean to him. “I’d be happy for the players. That’s great for them,” Renney said. “It’s a nice little feather, but it’s a big headdress.” It’s a running theme, if you haven’t noticed.…

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22 Cherepanov laid to rest

This photo of Jaromir Jagr offers a window into the grim scene in Omsk today. For more, the Slap Shot blog at the Times has “links to two videos of the funeral”:http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/. I can’t even imagine. I realize fans here are mourning, as they should. But it’s a completely different…

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45 Train keeps a rollin’….

Here’s “my story in today’s paper”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081015/SPORTS01/810150390/-1/SPORTS in which I maintain my role as resident buzzkill, once again acknowledging the team’s fast start is only a small measure of a season. Later today I’m looking into spoiling a few kids’ birthday parties. Anyway, the team skates at 10:30. We’ll see what…

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47 Malik signs with Lightning

The long-awaited signing of that infamous free agent veteran finally happened today. Mats Sundin? Brendan Shanahan? No, silly — Marek Malik, “who inked a one-year deal with the Lightning”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=252644&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nhl. And to think, we’re still looking for defensemen on our fantasy team. If only “generating boos” was one of the statistical…

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84 Details of Cherepanov’s death remain murky (Updated)

A day after the tragic death of Alexei Cherepanov, there remain questions about “whether he was adequately tended to after collapsing”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3642466. According to Russian hockey officials, there was no ambulance on duty at the arena where Cherepanov’s Russian team, Avangard Omsk, was playing. There’s also a question of whether a…

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92 Sure, they’re 5-0, but…

It’s not necessarily my job to point out deficiencies in a team that is technically perfect so far. Actually, strike that. That is my job. So here goes: The Rangers are winning  thanks to a number of factors — a power play that has already scored five goals in five…

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60 One last note

This was Tom Renney when asked how excited the Rangers should be about their fast start. The coach, in my opinion, struck the right note. “Just stay humble. Work hard. Work harder than the other team every game, and work harder in practice,” Renney said. “Take nothing for granted, especially…

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36 As for hockey

On what can only be described as a surreal night at the Garden, the Rangers hold a 2-0 lead on goals by Brandon Dubinsky and Aaron Voros, giving that line an astounding six goals in their last three games. Just a suggestion: Maybe Tom Renney should consider keeping them together.

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150 Alexei Cherepanov is dead at 19 (Updated below)

The Rangers have confirmed “an earlier report”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=252547&lid=headline&lpos=secStory_nhl that Alexei Cherepanov, their first round draft pick from 2007, died in a game played this evening in Russia. “We are extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Alexei,” Glen Sather said in a statement. “On behalf of the New York Rangers organization,…

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135 The power play is already clicking (Updated)…

Taking advantage of today’s optional skate, young Charlie (age: 3, shoots: left, passes: infrequently) and I spent our morning with our sticks down at the basketball courts playing street hockey as even younger Will (age: 9 months, shoots: undetermined, crawls: everywhere) napped. Once in a while Charlie found it amusing…

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77 Plenty of work to be done (Updated)

It wasn’t long — a little more than a half hour, actually — but the fact that the Rangers skated at all today proves they’re not content with their 4-0 start. Actually, strike that. The 4-0 start part is fine. It’s more that the Rangers aren’t thrilled with how they’ve…

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27 Not good enough

So your team is 4-0 and coming off back-to-back wins. What are you doing on what was a tentatively-scheduled off day? You’re going back to the rink for practice. I’m not sure if it’s a message Tom Renney is trying to send his team, or if there are specific deficiencies…

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181 On Dawes, Valiquette, and others (Updated)

A few thoughts before Game No. 4 of 82: <li>I’m not sure why Nigel Dawes has looked out of synch through the early part of the season. Maybe it didn’t help that his center last night, Lauri Korpikoski, wasn’t particularly sharp, either. But for much of the home opener, Dawes…

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108 Live from the Garden…(Updated)

It’s great to be back for an actual game. As I type, I can hear a dry run of the player introductions on the P.A. system. For the record, there’s been no mention of a No. 14… And it doesn’t sound like Michal Rozsival is getting rid of No. 3…

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65 Live video chat with Sam Weinman, MSG opener edition

Thanks to everyone who joined me for our second video chat. Here’s the replay for those who missed it: <script src=”http://static.mogulus.com/scripts/playerv2.js?channel=rangersreport&layout=playerEmbedDefault&backgroundColor=0xffffff&backgroundAlpha=1&backgroundGradientStrength=0&chromeColor=0x000000&headerBarGlossEnabled=true&controlBarGlossEnabled=true&chatInputGlossEnabled=true&uiWhite=true&uiAlpha=0.5&uiSelectedAlpha=1&dropShadowEnabled=true&dropShadowHorizontalDistance=10&dropShadowVerticalDistance=10&paddingLeft=10&paddingRight=10&paddingTop=10&paddingBottom=10&cornerRadius=10&backToDirectoryURL=null&bannerURL=null&bannerText=null&bannerWidth=320&bannerHeight=50&showViewers=true&embedEnabled=true&chatEnabled=true&onDemandEnabled=true&programGuideEnabled=false&fullScreenEnabled=true&reportAbuseEnabled=false&gridEnabled=false&initialIsOn=false&initialIsMute=false&initialVolume=10&contentId=pla_6949926296978776558&initThumbUrl=http://s3.amazonaws.com/mogulus-user-files/chrangersreport/2008/10/10/c973d560-07a5-4b2d-9679-862d27221482_1085.jpg&playeraspectwidth=4&playeraspectheight=3&width=400&height=400&wmode=window” type=”text/javascript”></script> More from the Garden later…

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16 And away we go…

So here’s what’s been holding the Rangers back these past few years. All this time they had been holding their morning skates at 11 a.m., but this year they’re moving them up to 10:30. A difference maker, I asked Tom Renney? “Could be,” the coach said with a smirk. If…

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