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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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47 Early test

It goes without saying that one loss in October hardly qualifies as “adversity,” a word that hockey teams love to throw around at various points in the season. Adversity — real adversity — is a losing streak, or multiple injuries, or some other outside factor. Adversity, for instance, is what…

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40 Sean Avery is suddenly shy

Early rumblings are that Sean Avery won’t be made available to the media when he returns to New York on Monday. Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com “has been getting the same impression”:http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3646446&name=lebrun_pierre. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise seeing how Avery has always shunned the public spotlight and let his…

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85 Day off for Gomez (Updated)

I’ve been derailed today by a golf assignment, but Jeff Gold just checked in from practice to say Scott Gomez, who has apparently been fighting the flu, is not on the ice. Meanwhile, Gomez’s absence does delay any possibly line reconfigurations that Tom Renney may have been contemplating. It’s a…

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76 And back to earth they crash

Whether or not the Paul Mara penalty was the turning point of the game tonight  — put it this way: it certainly didn’t help — it does come with a backstory. Most of you know it: Patrick Kaleta’s high hit on Mara last season is what broke the Rangers defenseman’s…

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125 From the Garden, history awaits

Tom Renney shrugged at a question just now about what the best start in franchise history would mean to him. “I’d be happy for the players. That’s great for them,” Renney said. “It’s a nice little feather, but it’s a big headdress.” It’s a running theme, if you haven’t noticed.…

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22 Cherepanov laid to rest

This photo of Jaromir Jagr offers a window into the grim scene in Omsk today. For more, the Slap Shot blog at the Times has “links to two videos of the funeral”:http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/. I can’t even imagine. I realize fans here are mourning, as they should. But it’s a completely different…

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45 Train keeps a rollin’….

Here’s “my story in today’s paper”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081015/SPORTS01/810150390/-1/SPORTS in which I maintain my role as resident buzzkill, once again acknowledging the team’s fast start is only a small measure of a season. Later today I’m looking into spoiling a few kids’ birthday parties. Anyway, the team skates at 10:30. We’ll see what…

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47 Malik signs with Lightning

The long-awaited signing of that infamous free agent veteran finally happened today. Mats Sundin? Brendan Shanahan? No, silly — Marek Malik, “who inked a one-year deal with the Lightning”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=252644&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nhl. And to think, we’re still looking for defensemen on our fantasy team. If only “generating boos” was one of the statistical…

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84 Details of Cherepanov’s death remain murky (Updated)

A day after the tragic death of Alexei Cherepanov, there remain questions about “whether he was adequately tended to after collapsing”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3642466. According to Russian hockey officials, there was no ambulance on duty at the arena where Cherepanov’s Russian team, Avangard Omsk, was playing. There’s also a question of whether a…

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92 Sure, they’re 5-0, but…

It’s not necessarily my job to point out deficiencies in a team that is technically perfect so far. Actually, strike that. That is my job. So here goes: The Rangers are winning  thanks to a number of factors — a power play that has already scored five goals in five…

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60 One last note

This was Tom Renney when asked how excited the Rangers should be about their fast start. The coach, in my opinion, struck the right note. “Just stay humble. Work hard. Work harder than the other team every game, and work harder in practice,” Renney said. “Take nothing for granted, especially…

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36 As for hockey

On what can only be described as a surreal night at the Garden, the Rangers hold a 2-0 lead on goals by Brandon Dubinsky and Aaron Voros, giving that line an astounding six goals in their last three games. Just a suggestion: Maybe Tom Renney should consider keeping them together.

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150 Alexei Cherepanov is dead at 19 (Updated below)

The Rangers have confirmed “an earlier report”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=252547&lid=headline&lpos=secStory_nhl that Alexei Cherepanov, their first round draft pick from 2007, died in a game played this evening in Russia. “We are extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Alexei,” Glen Sather said in a statement. “On behalf of the New York Rangers organization,…

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