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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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104 Back to business (Updated)

Update, 2:42 p.m: Patrick Rissmiller has indeed been placed on waivers by the Rangers. Update, 1:35 p.m.: TSN is reporting the Rangers have placed Patrick Rissmiller on waivers, something the team hasn’t confirmed yet. If it’s true, the best case scenario for the Rangers is another team claims Rissmiller on…

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134 Morning thoughts

Some random observations over a lukewarm cup of coffee (if you must know, I’m too lazy to go heat it up)… <li>The Rangers’ loss last night wouldn’t be alarming if the team hadn’t already lost two of three games coming into it. Even then, I’m not sure I see a…

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27 One last jab from Avery

We’d be foolish in thinking Sean Avery would escape Madison Square Garden without causing at least a minor stir. So in the absence of making any real impact on the ice, he instead settled for a jab at Stephen Valiquette, who in a story in today’s Post, implied that Avery…

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98 When Avery becomes Avery (Updated)

The question posed to Tom Renney was if his own players know enough not to get caught up in Sean Avery’s antics seeing how most of them have seen the left wing operate up close. “We have to be professional and really understand this is about two points and nothing…

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177 Rissmiller back in against Stars

Patrick Rissmiller will make his second appearance in the lineup tonight, replacing Lauri Korpikoski at left wing on a line with Chris Drury and Markus Naslund. Rissmiller hasn’t played since the win in Philadelphia, when he injured his ankle. Update, 11:38 a.m.:  It was clear today that the Rangers were…

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57 The Avery legacy: It’s complicated

Now that Sean Avery is gone, there is a growing sense from his old teammates that his act in New York extended beyond the eye-rolling, boys-will-be-boys variety — something “Larry Brooks touches upon today”:http://www.nypost.com/sports/rangers/rangers.htm. For instance, following the Rangers’ home-opening win over Chicago, Brandon Dubinsky made the remark that this…

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33 To get you ready

The Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn has “this insightful look at Sean Avery”:http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/101908dnspostarsavery.3005bed.html?npc in anticipation of the left wing’s return to the Garden tomorrow. We’ll have plenty more on this tomorrow, but my guess is the night begins with appreciative applause for a player who was instrumental in the Rangers’…

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131 Experiment on hold (Updated below)

So much for Tom Renney sticking with his top line of Markus Naslund-Scott Gomez-Chris Drury. The coach is breaking the trio up, and he has Lauri Korpikoski’s aching wrists (I said “arm” before so I believe this still counts) to thank. With Korpikoski out, Renney opted against putting Dan Fritsche…

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