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297 0-0-1 (since the clean slate)

So do you think they’ll fire John Tortorella now, or wait until the end of the season? Obviously I’m kidding, and you could definitely see a difference in the game last night. But you could also see more of the same, and without looking very hard. Just the score tells…

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799 Rangers ReTort

We’ll rename the blog for one night, since you guys are so excited. So here is some stuff from TSN on Tortorella’s debut tonight. And here is TSN’s report (on the right side of the page) in a preview of Tortorella’s first game, from today’s morning skate. They interview Kubina…

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352 This is NOT a test (updated)

Well, it might be a pop quiz. But it sure isn’t a final exam. Rest assured, though, John Tortorella’s new system will be in full bloom tonight. Also rest assured that any line combos or personnel decisions the new sheriff employs tonight will not be final or conclusive. The first…

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284 Iron John

One of our devoted readers pointed out last night that this is the first time since 1993, when Neil Smith hired Mike Keenan, that the Rangers actually got the best coach available. Sorry, there are too many comments in the last 48 hours for me to sift through and find…

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224 New Rules

“Stay the f*** off the logo.” The Rangers team logo takes up most of the carpet in the middle of the locker room, and it’s forbidden territory again. That’s one of the changes John Tortorella made yesterday as he took over as the new head coach of the Rangers, the…

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72 Quick post before Tort’s presser

Jane here with the details from today’s practice, which will be followed by an introduction to new Rangers coach John Tortorella. It was much more uptempo, shorter drills and sprints. We got a glimpse of Tortorella’s first lines: Dubinsky, Drury and Callahan; Gomez, Naslund and Zherdev; Dawes, Prucha and Korpikoski;…

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213 More from Slats:

More from Glen Sather’s conference call tonight (again, please excuse any typos and the bold font): “I have spoken to other people (about the coaching position) today, absolutely.” “No, the overtime loss (Sunday) wouldn’t have changed my mind. … I’ve had it in teh back of my mind for a…

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53 Glen Sather … unplugged

Here are the first batch of quotes from the Glen Sather conference call tonight, regarding the Rangers coaching change (please excuse any typos): “I’ve been thinking about it probably the last couple of weeks. I could see the team starting to slide and, after the start that we had at…

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187 This just in … (updated)

It’s official. John Tortorella is en route to NY to take over for practice tomorrow. Not available tonight for comment. Glen Sather said there is no compensation headed to Tampa Bay, and that Tortorella signed a multi-year contract. Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld did not want the job. He and Pelino…

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166 Tortorella sure isn’t Renney

Hey, it’s Carp. We’re still awaiting the conference call with Glen Sather, and presumably John Tortorella, which now looks like it will be in the early evening. Obviously there is some compensation issue, although it’s hard to imagine how Tampa Bay can be entitled to anything after firing the coach…

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710 Updated: Renney fired

The Rangers have fired coach Tom Renney and assistant Perry Pearn. Heading to interview players now. More later. ——– It’s true. Renney is out, along with Pearn. Jane is at the rink. She and I will both have more shortly. UPDATE 12:34 Jane here again. The new coach will almost…

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70 Too many men … or too few

I’m going to try to not be too negative here. Why? Just because I’m sick of being negative, and because I’m sure there are going to be plenty of chances to be negative the rest of this season. So the Rangers had too many men on the ice twice last…

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525 A night to remember

Hi all, Sam Borden here. Sorry I’m not the Sam you guys (rightfully) loved for so long, but I just wanted to drop in with a few thoughts and a fresh thread for tonight’s goings-on. First, I put the subject of this post as “A Night to Remember”  because the…

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262 Too bad there’s a game after the ceremony

The Rangers have a way of messing up these things (see: Adam Graves Night, followed by a loss to Atlanta). Too bad. Harry Howell and Andy Bathgate deserve for this to be a great night at the Garden. First of all, it’s well overdue, having their numbers go to the…

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455 Rangers vs. Sabres, 7 p.m.

I know, that’s not the Sabres’ logo (right) anymore. It’s like two or three removed from the original. I like the original, because it’s more clever. A buffalo and two sabres. Plus it’s old school. Enough about that. Tonight really is a show-me game for the Rangers. They felt they…

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44 Want to see the ceremony Sunday?

The Rangers just announced that “Last Minute Tickets” which became available have been released for Sunday’s game and the Andy Bathgate-Harry Howell ceremony. Visit newyorkrangers.com or call 212-301-7171 for info. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Also, here is MSG Network’s scheduled programming that evening, for those who can’t get…

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215 It could be worse (updated)

Yeah, the Rangers’ situation isn’t rosy, and the future isn’t bright. But right now they’re in a playoff spot, and not in the police blotter. How’d you like to be the Montreal Canadiens, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the second-most successful pro sports franchise in North America, and having a…

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243 Hey, another victory!

Nobody on this blog is celebrating, I’m sure, this victory over the Islanders. Nobody is putting any emphasis on it other than the Rangers did what they had to do. They had to beat the Islanders. Or, the other way around, they couldn’t lose to the Islanders. But it wasn’t…

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382 Counting down to Rangers-Isles (updated)

Hi All, it’s Joe Erwin guest-blogging for Carp. Who would have thought a month ago this would be a huge game for the Rangers. It seems like they’ve hit “bottom” a few times recently — the 10-2 loss in Dallas, the 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Sunday, but a…

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214 Critical time: Islanders-Rangers (2nd update)

First, I need to address a few of our bloggers who seem to be angry that I don’t post 24/7. Obviously, those who have been around since Jan. 29 know the deal. Sam left for greener (literally) pastures at GolfDigest.com. It was an emergency. My bosses were looking for somebody…

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