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61 Rangers need more

Every team looks like it’s missing something when it drops a few games. But this has been more than a few games for the Rangers, and the numbers reflect that: Chris Drury has no goals and just two assists in his last eight games. Brandon Dubinsky has one goal in…

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232 A new look…again (Updated)

So here are the new lines tonight: Korpikoski-Gomez-Callahan Naslund-Drury-Prucha Voros-Dubinsky-Zherdev Sjostrom-Betts-Orr You may now begin debating. As I suspected, Tom Renney cited defensive concerns for breaking up Scott Gomez and Nikolai Zherdev. It’s fair to say that the tendency of both players to inch their way up ice prematurely was…

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21 Back to the drawing board

So maybe the debut of Corey Potter and the return of Blair Betts were not the only nuggets to come out of the morning skate. The other tweak is yet another line change, with Scott Gomez likely to skate with Ryan Callahan and Lauri Korpikoski. Whether this means Chris Drury…

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64 Betts back in against old team

The blog skipped the morning skate to tend to some household chores, but Gross reports that Blair Betts “will be back in tonight”:http://njmg.typepad.com/rangersblog/2008/12/betts-good-to-go.html#more after missing Thursday’s loss in Montreal with what is believed to be a shoulder injury. Worth noting, of course, is that Betts broke in with the Flames,…

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142 Potter up (Updated)

Corey Potter has been called up from Hartford and is on the ice with the Rangers for practice. Potter will presumably take the place of the injured Wade Redden, who has a lower body injury and is not on the ice. Update, 11:51 a.m.: Potter is expected to play tomorrow,…

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118 A few quick things on Avery (Updated)

Very quick on Sean Avery: <li>I get the sense that there is as much a chance of Sean Avery coming back to play for the Rangers as there is of me playing for the Rangers (although the team could fit me under the cap). <li>Interesting story on Avery “by Fanhouse’s…

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113 Avert your eyes (Updated)

Remember that Herb Brooks line, “You’re not talented enough to win on talent alone”? I’m not sure there’s a better way to describe the Rangers. What’s remarkable about a team that has at least shown it can compete with the best teams in this league is how quickly it can…

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171 Live chat with Sam Weinman: Rangers vs. Canadiens edition

Thanks for joining us for our first in-game live chat. We’ll be firing this baby up precisely at 7 p.m., so we’ll see you then. <iframe src=”http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=f654180be7/height=550/width=470″ scrolling=”no” height=”550px” width=”470px” frameBorder =”0″ ></iframe>

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122 Back on the horse tonight

A  few thoughts over lukewarm coffee… <li>Don’t forget, live chat during the Montreal game tonight, the first of an occasional series. I hope you can join me so we can call each other names in real time. No, seriously, I look forward to a serious, civil discussion. Remember this will…

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219 A few notes (Updated)

A few quick thoughts before heading downstairs for the pregame media briefing: <li>Sean Avery is returning to New York! No, not to play for the Rangers, but “to meet with Gary Bettman”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081203/SPORTS01/81203004/-1/SPORTS. Maybe this would be the time for Avery to familiarize himself with the NHL PR department that he…

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127 Prucha gets his shot

Petr Prucha goes back in the lineup as expected tonight, where he’ll skate on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Aaron Voros. It’ll be the first game for the forward after 10 games as a healthy scratch, and he was fairly blunt about what he needs to do to avoid…

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32 Redden on Redden

Here’s my story in today’s paper “about Wade Redden’s slow start”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081203/SPORTS01/812030393/-1/SPORTS with the Rangers. Most telling was his response to my question about whether he’s feeling pressure to live up to his $39 million contract. “Yeah to be honest with you, I do,” Redden said. “But at the same time,…

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166 And you wanted this guy back (Updated)

The NHL suspended Sean Avery for being Sean Avery today. Specifically, the league took issue with comments Avery made today about Dion Phaneuf’s relationship with Elisha Cuthbert, his former squeeze. “Via TSN”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=258182&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl: “I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada,” Avery said on camera this morning…

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39 Rissmiller assigned to Hartford

The Rangers have finally pulled the trigger on assigning Patrick Rissmiller to Hartford, which is not to be confused with the conditioning assignment he accepted there last month. The difference is that in officially designating the forward for assignment — he had already cleared waivers — they have cleared a…

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86 So much for standing pat

Remember how some Rangers had said they wanted to get on a roll so they wouldn’t have to keep changing lines? They still feel that way. Problem is, they’re still not on a roll. So a day after saying he didn’t want to tweak his lines for tomorrow, Tom Renney…

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28 Tuesday musings

Some random thoughts before Tuesday’s practice: <li>A number of readers have pointed out how Scott Gomez seems to be shooting much more this season. It’s true, Gomez was among the league leaders in shots taken before missing five games with an ankle injury. And he’s still ranked 24th with 82…

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201 As Prucha stays, Rangers contemplate other options

Some tidbits and thoughts after our session with Tom Renney today: <li>No practice today for the Rangers, which could be a surprise given yesterday’s meager showing. But Tom Renney said the plan all along was to have an off-ice conditioning session and some meetings, and said he didn’t feel the…

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16 Overflow media at the MSG Training Center

Pulling into the practice rink today, I saw a parking lot overflowing with cars and TV trucks. Did the Rangers trade Petr Prucha? Is Jaromir Jagr coming back? Is Glen Sather retiring? None of the above. Down the hall, Stephon Marbury is set to meet with Donnie Walsh. As for…

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23 Before you pull your hair out

No question, there was a lot to dislike about yesterday. In fact, I’m trying to think of something there was to like about the Rangers game, and the best thing I can come up with is that no one accidentally shot themselves in the leg before the opening face-off. Beyond…

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