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42 Jagr in Russia

Somehow I missed “this story about the KHL and Jaromir Jagr”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/sports/playmagazine/112Russia.html in the most recent issue of the New York Times sports magazine, Play. Life being what is, I just recycled all of last week’s papers without even knowing of its existence. (Somewhere, one of our younger readers is asking,…

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48 As the world turns, Patrick Rissmiller remains in limbo

Is it a coincidence that ever since the Rangers put Patrick Rissmiller on waivers, they’ve won three straight? Yes, it is, actually. I’m pretty sure there is no correlation. But that doesn’t change the fact that Rissmiller’s situation is a peculiar one. The deal is this: although Rissmiller cleared waivers…

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100 Anatomy of a fast start

Whether the Rangers are really the best team in the NHL, or even worthy of being in the conversation, is not something I’m ready to tackle. But I do know they have the league’s best record. How do you explain it? On this off day for your favorite hockey team,…

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61 Dubinsky emerges from Renney’s doghouse

No, that wasn’t an emergency skate problem or an ingrown toenail that had Brandon Dubinsky sitting out a couple of shifts in the first period tonight against the Islanders. That was a second-year center drawing his coach’s ire for a couple of sloppy penalties, and forced to enjoy the view…

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222 Beware the “trap game”

Update, 1:30 p.m.: It sounds like the Rangers will be seeing Joey MacDonald in net and not Rick DiPietro. The Islanders will make a formal announcement later today based on the DiPietro’s visit with doctors. Earlier: Let’s see, the Rangers are atop the NHL standings right now and the Islanders…

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41 Fine-tuning before the Islanders

The lines that started out last night were intact for today’s short practice, most notably with Petr Prucha at right wing alongside Brandon Dubinsky and Aaron Voros. That line was just OK against the Penguins, but I thought Prucha and Dubinsky were most effective in the third period, when Voros…

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91 On second thought

I take back everything I said about the Rangers’ struggles to score goals, because they obviously came up with two huge ones tonight. And in theory, tonight could have a springboard effect. Because every time the Rangers face a deficit like they did against the Penguins, they can point to…

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36 Renney expects to coach tonight

So there’s your answer: Word from the Rangers is Tom Renney plans to be behind the bench tonight, after all. We’ll know he’s not 100 percent if he suddenly puts Blair Betts out on the power play. The coach will do his normal media availability at 5 tonight, so we’ll…

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29 Renney’s status for tonight unclear

Tom Renney was at the MSG Training Center this morning before what was expected to be a lightly-attended pre-game skate, but he didn’t hang around long. Still unclear is if the coach, who is still recovering from a stick to the head last night in Columbus, will be behind the…

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39 Renney “hanging in there”

Those were the words of a Rangers spokesman when describing Tom Renney’s condition after the coach was hit in the head with a stick in the second period. Still no word if Renney officially suffered a concussion, although I’d be surprised if he didn’t. Also no word if the coach…

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234 On Zherdev, Fritsche and those other guys

Here’s my story in today’s paper on “Dan Fritsche and Nikolai Zherdev returning to Columbus”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081024/SPORTS01/810240404/-1/SPORTS, although we can safely say neither return is of the Eddie Giacomin-with-Detroit or Mark Messier-with-Vancouver variety. Both players spent four seasons with the team, and each held their own appeal — Zherdev twice topping 25…

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58 Aaron Voros doesn’t forget where he came from

Just saw “this story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press”:http://www.twincities.com/wild/ci_10789177 about Aaron Voros writing a letter to his former coach Jacques Lemaire to thank him for the lessons learned while he was a member of the Minnesota Wild. How cool is that? And how cool is it that Voros sent…

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66 Live chat replay, and events to come

Thanks again to everyone for joining me for the chat. I continue to enjoy them. For those, who missed it, you can watch the replay below. As a heads-up, we’re looking into having a chat one night at a bar or a restaurant in the Westchester area, which would allow…

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37 Some quick updates before the live chat

Since I’m pretty sure the details of my own hockey exploits are not what you’re hear for, some quick notes before the live chat: <li>Here’s the “link to the chat”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081021/MOGULUS05/310210006, which will begin at 1. <li>Tom Renney looks like he’ll be jumbling his lines for tomorrow in Columbus, most notably…

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86 First skate of the year

So here’s the line of my first skate of the year (otherwise known as “yet another reason why they shouldn’t give guys like me blogs”): Roughly 25 minutes of ice time. 0 goals. Maybe an assist (Not sure — I’d ask them to review the tape but there isn’t one).…

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184 A simple waive or a prelude to something bigger? (Updated)

The Rangers are off the ice today, so time to catch our breath and offer some thoughts… <li>Don’t forget, live video chat tomorrow at 1. (Here’s “the link”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081007/MOGULUS05/310070015 that will take you there). Possible discussion topics: Patrick Rissmiller’s demotion, Chris Drury’s slow start, how I intend to dominate my own…

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75 MSG Network acknowledges Avery-Giannone spat

So here’s the latest from an MSG Network spokesman about last night’s altercation between Sean Avery and John Giannone in between the first and second periods: “There was a verbal exchange between the two last night. It’s over and we won’t have further comment.” Not exactly riveting stuff, I know,…

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