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112 Training camp notebook, Sept. 18 edition

Update, 1:23 p.m.: Tom Renney said he’s planning on playing first round draft pick Michael Del Zotto in some exhibition games, perhaps as early as Saturday night in Ottawa. “I’d like to do some research on what their roster’s going to look like so he can survive a game,” Renney…

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45 This and a quarter will get you a stick of gum

For laughs, I dug up “my blog entry from this day last year”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/09/14/instant-karma/, when at first glance Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr looked like the second coming of Lennon and McCartney. Here’s my favorite part: “Both Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez tried to downplay it, but it was hard not…

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100 Training camp notebook: Sept. 17 edition

Update, 1:50 p.m.: OK, apologies on the delay but there was a lot of waiting around for players while they attended a “Doping Control Seminar”. I’m pretty sure that has to do with blood doping, and not tips on how to deal with various dopes on your team (or in…

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61 Spirits are high, and so are expectations

There’s a lot to talk about after physicals and interviews on the first day of training camp. Unfortunately, I’m on a tight schedule so let me get to some highlights: <li>Players were bouncing around the Training Center, but just about everyone, including Tom Renney, was available to talk. In the…

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83 At least to start, Shanahan won’t be in camp

So there’s your answer. Brendan Shanahan does not have a contract with the Rangers, and won’t be in camp when it opens tomorrow. “It wouldn’t be appropriate for him to go,” Rick Curran, Shanahan’s agent, said just now. A week ago Curran said there was “mutual interest” in having the…

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77 Hockey season is coming. No, seriously…

It’s 90 degrees and I’m at a Jet game, not exactly an indication that hockey training camp is now just 48 hours away (Reason 1,964 I like covering hockey more than football: people who should keep their shirts on aren’t tempted otherwise at hockey games). But here we are. The…

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111 Calm before the storm

The Rangers veterans are getting their last respite before the start of training camp, staying off the ice today while the rookies and prospects intensify their preparation for Traverse City. Of course, there’s rarely such thing as a complete day off in New York. Henrik Lundqvist, Markus Naslund, Scott Gomez,…

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55 Too much, too soon?

There is a certain kumbaya feel to these days leading up to the formal start of training camp. Just about everyone on the roster is already here, with players intent on avoiding the early missteps of last season. But not to be discounted is the fact that the Rangers have…

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108 Crunching the numbers

So here’s “my newspaper story”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080910/SPORTS01/809100346/-1/SPORTS on Brendan Shanahan’s return appearance at the MSG Training Center, and his hope of rejoining the Rangers for season No. 3. Larry Brooks at “the Post”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/09102008/sports/rangers/shanny_in_wait_mode_128388.htm and Andrew Gross at “the Record”:http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/hockey/other_nhl/view/2008_09_10_Brendan_Shanahan_hoping_to_remain_with_Rangers/srvc=sports&position=also also chimed in with stories on the matter, and it’s worth noting that…

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52 A few more snippets

Admittedly, the Brendan Shanahan appearance sort of took priority today — to the extent that I failed to mention that Marek Malik was also back and looking quite svelte. Easy. I’m kidding. Put. Down. The. Knife. But seriously, a couple of other things worth noting: <li>Camp doesn’t open for another…

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79 But where does he fit in?

So let’s assign our first penalty of the year to me — a five minute major for “too quick to dismiss.” All summer long I’ve pretty much scoffed at the notion of Brendan Shanahan coming back because I didn’t see where he fit in. That’s referring to ice time and…

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25 Shanahan confident he’ll be a Ranger

Some quick updates on the Shanahan front, and then I’ll circle back later. Shanahan was invited to skate with the Rangers by Tom Renney and Glen Sather. He doesn’t yet have a contract but he said that his agent Rick Curran was talking to Sather this week. More and more…

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77 Early (and happy) returns

So the early returns are in on my poll to the right, and it looks like we have our first mini-upset of the season. According to our tabulations, more fans are interested in young Nikolai Zherdev than anyone else, although the usual interest in up-and-coming prospects remains strong as well.…

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162 New poll alert!

Yes, I think the previous poll asking what the Rangers should do in the offseason was just a tad outdated (next week’s poll: Should Phil Esposito get more or less time on the power play?). But the new poll is what I consider a fairly ambitious journalistic enterprise. Although I…

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38 Fourteen days and counting

The Rangers are now inside of two weeks away from their first formal practice of 2008-09, although you can expect guys to start trickling in for informal skates fairly soon. After I’m done with U.S. Open duty, I’ll be sure to pop in by the Training Center (I love the…

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112 Oh yeah, hockey

Greetings from Flushing Meadows, where I’m waiting out a rain delay at the U.S. Open, and where I’ve spent the past few days scanning the crowd here for members of your favorite hockey team (I saw Henrik Lundqvist briefly here during the men’s final last year, so my suspicion is…

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55 Trips to Prague now on sale

Because all of us are capable of planning trans-Atlantic vacations in a little more than a month’s time, the Rangers JUST announced packages for the games in Prague, which will start at $3,850 and include airfare, tickets to the games, hotels, and ground transportation. Also included is a private screening…

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34 Traverse City roster set

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Yes, Lyon Messier, Mark’s son, will be part of the roster, too, although it’s unclear the Rangers are seriously looking at the 20-year-old defenseman, or if this is just a courtesy to the old man. I hate to be a cynic, but… Earlier: The Rangers have selected…

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