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104 Pock claimed by Islanders

The Rangers knew it was a risk when they placed Thomas Pock on waivers, and it ended up costing them. And yet even with Pock being claimed by the archrival Islanders, it’s probably the best outcome for everyone involved. Whatever upside Pock displayed as a puck-moving defensemen, it was apparent…

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86 Renney staying pat

It sounds like Tom Renney “is staying pat for now”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/ with the line combinations he experimented with on Saturday, which is notable on at least two levels. Among the knocks against the coach is that he is a) too defensive-minded and b) too trigger happy jumbling his lines. So when…

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102 And now for another programming note…

Raise your hand if you’re concerned about the Rangers start to this preseason. Yup, just like I figured. Pretty much everyone. The team offered a fair amount of disclaimers today, and many have merit. There were a lot of players in camp. They didn’t play together as a unit until…

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24 On the other hand

Update, 3:56 p.m.: Don’t get used to those line combinations just yet. Tom Renney acknowledged just now that he’s contemplating going back to the combinations he had for the most of the preseason. “There might be more continuity based on that,” Renney said. The coach sounds like he’s confused. At least…

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11 R.I.P. Reg Dunlop

Paul Newman probably had a dozen more important roles than his starring role in “Slap Shot”. But to me, he will always be the wise, slightly deranged player-coach Reg Dunlop. There’s not a fictional character I quote more (I’d rattle off a few right now, but most aren’t suitable for…

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38 Rangers risk losing four

Update, 1:49 p.m.: The good news is I’m pretty sure — no, make that positive — that Wade Redden isn’t as bad as he’s been playing so far this preseason. The problem is that when you get off to a rocky start in a city where you’re only trying to…

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15 Getting past the honeymoon phase

Update, 12:16 p.m.: Pretty much a full NHL lineup today, with the exception of healthy scratch Dan Girardi. That makes it an important game for Corey Potter, who will get a chance alongside Paul Mara. Earlier: Plenty of new Ranger line combinations have followed a similar pattern: optimism, euphoria over…

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145 Team coming into focus

Fittingly, Petr Nedved was wearing a T-shirt that read, “The Outcast” while preparing to leave the MSG Training Center. “If it was going to be this decision, there was no point in waiting any longer,” Nedved said of not making the trip to Europe. The player said he’s done with…

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52 Nedved among the cuts

Update, 11:48 a.m.:  Artem Anisimov, Greg Moore, Dale Weise, and Thomas Pock are among those players reassigned.In fact, let’s go with the 26 players who are still here, including the new lines they’re practicing in (note Chris Drury at wing):Naslund-Gomez-Drury Dawes-Dubinsky-Zherdev Callahan-Korpikoski-Voros Rissmiller-Betts-Orr Sjostrom-Prucha-Fritsche At defense, Mara, Kalinin, Fahey, Staal,…

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39 The first cut is the deepest

With apologies to Rod Stewart (and Sheryl Crow)… And besides, these will actually be the second cuts… Either way, the Rangers will make a substantial roster trimming today in time for Hartford to open its formal training camp. I suspect the bubble players will stick around for a while, meaning…

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103 A surprise endorsement

Update, postgame: Decisons, decisions. Tom Renney says he has plenty to make, some of which need to be by tomorrow when he reassigns players to Hartford. But the other issue is what he wants his roster to look like when the season opens in Prague. What to do with Lauri…

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24 Live video chat with Sam Weinman and Rick Carpiniello

Here’s the “link to our first live video chat”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080924/MOGULUS05/80924005. Thanks to everyone for participating. I enjoyed it. Our plan is to certainly do it again, so if you have comments or suggestions, feel free to post them below, or e-mail me at sweinman@LoHud.com

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6 Skeleton crew

Update, 11:55 a.m.:  More on the lineup tonight. This is likely to change, but here’s what I had written down. Note that both Lauri Korpikoski and Ryan Callahan are expected to get looks at center, where Tom Renney said not having a “natural NHL center” in that fourth slot is…

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25 Plan of attack (and don’t forget, live chat at 1)

My story in today’s paper looks at “what the Rangers are expecting out of their crop of young forwards.”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080925/SPORTS01/809250498 It’s a fairly simple premise. Bear in mind that when the team cut ties with the likes of Jaromir Jagr and (presumably) Brendan Shanahan, the hope was that the likes of…

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105 From the Rock: The grind continues

Update, postgame: Petr Nedved was eventually credited for the Rangers’ final goal, now giving him a goal and two assists in two games. On a related note, Nedved is scheduled to play tomorrow night. I’d like to take credit for the idea, but Tom Renney said, “We had him penciled…

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65 At the risk of redundancy

Just another quick plug for tomorrow’s live video chat at 1 p.m. We even have our own fancy schmancy page ready for it, which “you can see here”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080924/MOGULUS05/80924005. Although the blog page you’re on will only provide a link to the chat, the chat will be available here on a…

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70 And we’re back…

The blog’s technical difficulties appear to be resolved, but thanks for all of your concern. What happened exactly? I’m not sure, but it’s worth noting that the blog seemed to short circuit right about the time Steve Stamkos fired that laser over Miika Wiikman’s shoulder. So I suggest blaming him.…

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95 Something to build on

Here’s my story in “today’s paper about Wade Redden”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080923/SPORTS01/809230381/-1/SPORTS, who made his Rangers debut last night against his old team. Like I said earlier, other than seeing Brad Isbister of all people wheel right past him — a huge exception, I know — I thought Redden still offered a glimpse…

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61 From the Garden…

Update, 9:50 p.m.: A few postgame updates: <li>For all of Markus Naslund’s protestations that he was not here to replace Jaromir Jagr, the forward now occupies Jagr’s spot in the Rangers locker room at the Garden. Brendan Shanahan’s spot appears to be occupied by Dan Fritsche. No word on where…

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50 Comings and goings

I’m not quite sure I understand the Rangers’ lineup over the next few days. It’s complicated. For instance, some of the players who are playing tonight — including the Markus Naslund, Scott Gomez, and Nikolai Zherdev line — are also playing tomorrow in Tampa. Others are playing tomorrow and Wednesday…

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