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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Yes, I think the previous poll asking what the Rangers should do in the offseason was just a tad outdated (next week’s poll: Should Phil Esposito get more or less time on the power play?).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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52 Islanders go with Scott Gordon

The Islanders tabbed Scott Gordon, the AHL coach of the year with the Providence Bruins, as their new head coach tonight — bypassing well-traveled finalists Bob Hartley and Paul Maurice. The move can be considered a bit of a gamble, but maybe not when you consider it is consistent with…

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10 Last gasps of summer

I’m taking the week off before the final push of summer, which to me means another golf tournament, a little U.S. Open tennis, and then, lo and behold, the start of training camp. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Wasn’t it only yesterday that the Rangers were trying to claw their…

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159 Favre to Jets is like Lafleur to Rangers

You can see the similarities, right? A legendary, certain Hall of Famer, long associated with one team, comes out of retirement to play in  New York. Of course, I’m pretty sure “Brett Favre will have to wear a helmet”:http://jets.lohudblogs.com/. Meanwhile, I can’t really call myself a long-suffering Jets fan, since…

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232 Nedved invited to camp. No, seriously…

I’m on vacation the rest of the week, but the Rangers have confirmed that “Petr Nedved will be invited to training camp”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/, saying that there is no commitment on their end to give him a roster spot. A couple of quick thoughts: 1. Yikes. 2. Are tickets selling that poorly…

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93 Pre-season schedule set

The Rangers announced their pre-season schedule this morning, featuring what seems like far more travel than usual. Among the highlights: a home-and-home with Ottawa beginning Sept. 20, another trip to Tampa Bay on Sept. 23, and of course, the two exhibition games in Bern Switzerland against European clubs SC Bern…

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85 Sjostrom signing ties up another loose end

Update, 9:30 a.m.: While we’re linking to Newsday blogs, the addictive “Watchdog”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/watchdog/blog/ (by way of “this blog”:http://goingfivehole.blogspot.com/2008/07/matthew-barnaby-espns-replacement-for.html) mentions the possibility of former Ranger Matthew Barnaby taking over for Barry Melrose as lead hockey analyst at ESPN. Which brings up my post below regarding Brendan Shanahan. Was one of the media…

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90 Shanahan still hanging around

Like a crafty goal scorer who refuses to be budged from the front of the net, Brendan Shanahan still hasn’t abandoned his hope of playing for the Rangers next season. This is according to “SI’s Michael Farber”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/michael_farber/07/25/shanahan.return/index.html, who also notes that Shanahan has already declined job offers from various media…

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192 Jessiman re-signed

At yet another crucial crossroads in his his young career, Hugh Jessiman was re-signed by the Rangers. I have a hard time seeing Jessiman as a serious candidate for an NHL job this year, but one would think he might be a possible call-up during the season. Of course, it…

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79 Live Chat with Sam Weinman, second edition

OK, thanks to everyone for joining us for our second live chat. We’ll have a moderator in place right from the start, which should help. Again, the plan is to field questions for the first 30 minutes or so, but I’ll continue to answer until about noon. One small housecleaning…

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13 Don’t forget, live chat at 11

I conveniently schedule chats for days when it’s 95 degrees outside and I have to sit in an air-conditioned office rather than mow the lawn. Again, we’re going to do a better job of getting to more of your questions, but ask them early just in case. Possible new discussion…

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