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128 Ocho Cinco joins Gilroy in Hartford

Obviously this is a move to get Chad Johnson some playing time with Henrik Lundqvist expected to play again Saturday. Matt Zaba is called up, temporarily I’m sure. And not Steve (0-2, 8.32 GAA, 0.787 save pct.) Valiquette. Here are the official announcements of the Gilroy/Johnson/Zaba moves from the Rangers:…

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140 Gilroy gonzo

He played terribly last night, and truthfully he’s played poorly for a while, but to make Matt Gilroy a scapegoat kind of seems ridiculous. He was sent to Hartford today. OK, maybe he needs more time to learn the pro game, and even he admitted that it was difficult since…

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28 Rangers-Hawks in review

I know, I know. I should be really scathing today. But you know what? My expectations for the Rangers are a bit lower these days. I looked at the matchup in Chicago before the game and thought, if they get a win out of there it would be a miracle,…

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96 Post-game notes

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 9, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Chicago Blackhawks 2 OT (Game #30, Road #16) • The Blueshirts were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, in overtime tonight at United Center, in an Original Six matchup. • The Rangers are now 14-14-2 overall, including…

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404 Gamer, Rangers-Blackhawks

God, I miss Chicago Stadium. The noise, the small rink, the organ, the best anthem in sports, the goal horn that knocked you out of your seat, the vermin and roaches. The only meeting of the season between these two Original Sixes. Sad that the rivalry is a victim of…

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144 Good game morning

I want to thank Walt MacPeek for his guest blog yesterday, and I think he enjoyed getting back behind the keyboard, and that he will visit us again. Hope so. I have to tell you … and I don’t want to belabor the point … but we used to argue…

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170 Guest blogger: Walt MacPeek

Hi, my name is Walt MacPeek and Carp asked me to limber up these over-65 year-old fingers and do a guest blog and so here goes … I covered the Rangers for the Newark Star-Ledger from 1969-70 through 1994-95 and then yielded to some inner ear problems and tumbled off…

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38 Special guest tomorrow

Walt MacPeek, the opinionated, always-interesting former Rangers/NHL beat writer for the Newark Star-Ledger, will drop by tomorrow with a guest blog. Maybe the first of several. We can only hope. This guy goes way back, farther than me. He covered the team in the 1960s and right through the Stanley…

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166 Wings-Rangers in review

Wow! Maybe I’m nuts, but I thought that was, overall, as well as the Rangers played all year. They had tons of chances against a banged-up Detroit team that still — still, with all the injuries — had far more talent on the ice than did the Rangers. 1) I…

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38 Post-game notes, quotes

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES December 6, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Detroit Red Wings 3 (Game #29, Home #14) The Rangers were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden. New York have…

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319 Gamer, Wings-Rangers

Hey, sorry for the delay. Had a bit of an emergency … Hope to be back at blog HQ to see some of the game. Might have to settle for Rangers in 60 though. The Knicks played at MSG this afternoon, which means slushy ice (or slushier than usual) tonight.…

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98 From Buffalo to Wings

I was having this discussion with a member of the Rangers’ organization. Which game is more difficult, at Buffalo, or home against Detroit the next night? He thought the first game was tougher, because it was on the road, because Buffalo was playing so well, especially Ryan Miller, and because…

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53 Post-game notes

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 5, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Buffalo Sabres 1 (Game #28, Road #15) • The Blueshirts defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, tonight at HSBC Arena, in the first game of a back-to-back set. • The Rangers improved to 14-13-1 overall,…

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188 Rangers-Sabres, gamer

So arguably the league’s best goalie to date, Ryan Miller, against one of the league’s most impotent offenses, with a new, minor-league flavor, and on a three-game losing streak to close November. Should be interesting. For the Rangers, Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik return to Buffalo, where they were once…

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104 And now, back-to-backs

Tough weekend. I know, stating the obvious. I’m hearing some snow in Buffalo (gee, that’s odd). Maybe Sally can confirm. The Rangers might want to put a little extra emphasis on this one, because Detroit looms tomorrow. Again, stating the obvious. ——————— I was curious about Marian Gaborik leading the…

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164 The weekend plans

According to Andrew Gross’s blog, from practice: Lundqvist will play both games. Chad Johnson will back him up. Heinken, er, Heikkinen, will (at first) partner with Matt Gilroy. Brashear apparently out with a right wrist/hand injury. Redden out for both games with a shoulder injury. Dubinsky skated for the first…

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126 Off-day conversation

So it’s another off-day. Byfuglien! This is horrible waiting for games. So I thought I’d start off with a couple of little conversations readers brought up yesterday, which probably deserve to be discussed a bit more: 1) The worst and best Rangers trades of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.…

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90 Heikkinen too

The official word from the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION/PRACTICE UPDATE New York, December 3, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that goaltender Chad Johnson and defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen have been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL),…

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80 Valiquette clears waivers

He cleared at noon, as expected, and will be assigned to Hartford, with Chad Johnson being called up. Whether this is a permanent thing depends on how Johnson plays as the backup, and how Valiquette plays for the Pack. I don’t know if they’ve necessarily given up on him as…

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